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Developing research data services #FigshareFestNZ

I talked about our implementation and various integrations, including glitches along the road, eg

  • being “piggy in the middle” between Figshare and our ITS trying to troubleshoot CNAME issues without knowing what a CNAME is
  • setting up emails so that Figshare system emails come from a Lincoln address – while our ITS is cracking down on phishing and Figshare emails look to our system like they’re spoofed.
  • our first attempt at an HR feed only sent through academics, not postgrads; now redoing this from scratch with new extract scripts, and Figshare is working out how to deal with the ~ we use to signify someone doesn’t have a first name
  • indexing in LibrarySearch (Primo) using the OAI-PMH feed – also in data.govt.nz and DigitalNZ
  • Next year implementing Repository Tools 2 in Elements which will let researchers deposit datasets from there – doing pre-work to make sure we can have two user IDs in the HR feed: one to integrate with the login system, the other one to integrate with Elements

Salila Bryant from ESR about the background behind implementing Figshare as an institution repository, and some of the challenges (including getting support from the other side of the world; getting researchers on board with publishing data; covering privacy, metadata requirements etc)

Katy Miller from Victoria University of Wellington used to have Rosetta for everything but researchers couldn’t interact with it. Ended up choosing Figshare as it interacts with Elements; easy for academic staff to deposit; modern interface; ‘just right’ – looks, well indexed etc; proven solution. Lots of decisions needed to be made to set it up: thought it’d all be simple but turns out not to be as simple as it looks.

  • Groups – most places use academic units, but this is greatly in flux at VUW so are probably going to use publication types as the groups (eg a group for theses etc)
  • Metadata – keeping it light to focus on their key aims
  • Mediation – trying for no mediation between deposit and availability
  • Scope – starting with journal articles and conference papers as this is mainly to support OA mandate. Theses will be next (and will need to add postgrads into the system) – then think about research data down the track.
  • DOIs – grappling with how we handle situations where we publish a preprint with a DOI and later the published version becomes available with a different DOI? Currently planning to use the publisher DOI field in Figshare when the published DOI becomes available.

Laura Armstrong, UofAuckland talking about engaging with researchers. Talk about their “data publishing and discovery service” but still at https://auckland.figshare.com Currently 236 datasets in data.govt.nz; 666 DOIs minted year-to-date.

  • Researchers want DOIs (often not knowing why); discoverability (via Google); browser preview; branding/match website; metrics
  • Have group sites for different use cases eg conferences, research groups
  • Process – usually researcher requests; then discuss use case, what they want to achieve, who’s the owner, etc; then create a group site based on this, and figshare uploads branding overnight; they make it live but not public; once at least one item is published, the site is made public.
  • User types – most people only assigned to one group and can only publish there. Can set people up as admins for multiple groups, they can then publish to any of those groups. For external users, an internal person in group X can create an unpublished project and invite the external person to it: project items then get published to group X.

Simon Porter and Jared Watts, Digital Science looking at visualisation of collaboration networks based on Jupyter Notebook using Figshare API. Making available raw data in CSVs, visualisations, and technical report “This Poster is Reproducible”.