subject repositories

Bringing data into the open repository

DCC and ICPSR co-organised a workshop at OR2012 in Edinburgh on July 9th, attended by more than 60 delegates. This article gives an overview of the presentations and discussion sessions. It picks out three themes: clarity on repository boundaries, ground rules for collaboration, and how to handle the handover of research data from researchers. The presentations are also available from the event page.

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Repository Fringe

Robin Rice passed on this announcement about Edinburgh's newest festival, the Repository Fringe. She writes: "the event is being jointly planned by Edinburgh and Southampton to coincide with the 'preview week' before the opening of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In the spirit of the Fringe, it's a kind of an 'unconference' and we're encouraging people to sign up to participate in various ways on the wiki, e.g.

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Repositories for scientists

Nico Adams in a post to Staudinger's Semantic Molecules has added to the scenarios for repositories for scientists:"Now today it struck me: a repository should be a place where information is (a) collected, preserved and disseminated (b) sema

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Subject "versus" institutional repositories

There's a concept in maths called "closed but unbounded". I'm not sure it's exactly to the point (I hope that's a pun), but "subjects" seem a bit like that. You can be pretty sure about most of the stuff that's not in a subject (or "domain"), and most of the stuff that is in it, but you can be very puzzled about some of the edges, and can find yourself in some extremely surprising discussions at times about parts of subjects that challenge most of the ideas you had. So subjects turn out to be very un-bounded.

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