Research data spring – second phase results

On 14th of July, 15 research data spring projects presented their progress and their objectives for another 4 months of development.

This all started back in November, when researchers, librarians, publishers and developers were invited to post and discuss their ideas on our online IdeaScale platform. In February, during the first sandpit workshop, we selected 16 ideas to start their transformation into full-blown projects over a period of 3 months. 15 of the projects came back for the second sandpit workshop on 13-14 July at Imperial College London. One of the projects – the Open Source Database as a Service – will be coming back to tell us about their progress at the next workshop later this year.

Second sandpit workshop

So what happened at the workshop last week? About 80 project team members and delegates met and shared their achievements and experiences over the past three months. All the projects delivered on most if not all their objectives and have planned for another set of ambitious goals. Angus White from the DCC posted a fabulous blog about the event along with a summary of each project.

Projects selected for Phase II

And the projects we selected to fund for the next 4 months are:

1. DMAOnline – RDM Administration AnalyticsLancaster University

Blog; Website

2.  Develop a DataVaultUniversity of Edinburgh and University of Manchester


3. Filling the Digital Preservation GapUniversity of York and University of Hull


4. Collaboration for Research Enhancement by Active MetadataUniversity of Southampton, University of Edinburgh, University of the Arts London, Nine by Nine, STFC

Blog; @colessj

5. Artivity (former “Use Semantic Desktop to Capture Contextual Research Data”)University of the Arts London and Semiodesk

Blog; Website; BitBucket; @a_velios

6. Software Reuse, Repurposing and ReproducibilityUniversity of St Andrews and STFC


7. Clipper: Enhancing Time-based Media for ResearchCity of Glasgow College, The Open University and ReachWill Ltd.


8. Giving Researchers Credit for their DataUniversity of Oxford, F1000 Research, Wiley


9. Extending OPD to cover RDMDCC, University of Edinburgh


10. A Consortial Approach to Building an Integrated RDM System – “Small and Specialist”University for the Creative Arts, CREST, ULCC, Leeds Trinity University, and Arkivum


11. Streamlining deposit: OJS to Repository PluginCity University London and Ubiquity Press

Blog; @StreamDepo


Coming up next

You will hear from us again with updates on the projects. If you would like to shout out to the project teams or anyone else who has been following our initiative, please feel free to use the JiscMail list Jisc-researchdataspring or our twitter #dataspring.

The grant letters are now on their way and the projects are set to start before the end of this month.

The third workshop will be held in early December 2015.

Thank you again everyone for participating and for all the amazing things you have done within your projects! Well done!