Next Generation Repositories

February 7, 2017 – draft for public comment
Public comments are open from February 7 – March 3, 2017

In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) launched a working group to help identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories and develop a road map for their adoption. For the past several months, the group has been working to define a vision for repositories and sketch out the priority user stories and scenarios that will help guide the development of new functionalities.

The vision is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.

Underlying this vision is the idea that a distributed network of repositories can and should be a powerful tool to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem. In this context, repositories will provide access to published articles as well as a broad range of artifacts beyond traditional publications such as datasets, pre-prints, working papers, images, software, and so on.
The working group presents 12 user stories that outline priority functionalities for repositories.

Please contribute your ideas and opinions using the commenting function of the website!

NeDICC Programme 2017

Date Activity Topic
26 January 2017
14:00 – 16:00
CoP Meeting The implementation of an Institutional Data Repository (UCT: Kayleigh Roos, Erika Mias)
15 February 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Long-lived Data: Tools to Preserve Research Data (UP: Johann van Wyk and Isak van der Walt
15 March 2017 NeDICC Workshop
19 April 2017 NeDICC Workshop
14 June 2017 NeDICC Workshop
19 July 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Data Discovery and Metadata (UNISA)
16 August 2017
14:00 – 16:00
 CoP Meeting
13 September 2017
9:00 – 14:00
NeDICC Workshop  Data Information Literacy (WITS)
18 October 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Trustworthy Data Repository Certification (CSIR, HSRC)
16 November 2017
14:00 – 16:00
CoP Meeting

Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) Board announce the availability of the first version of their universal and unified “Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements.” The DSA Board and the WDS Scientific Committee are working together to further align their certification procedures and ensure that the research community will have a single, clear reference point for seeking Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification.

An Introduction to the Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites

Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as reveals areas of improvement and support.

This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, provide information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.


RDM progress updates: NeDICC member institutions

At a NeDICC meeting held on 18 February 2016, four NeDICC member institutions shared their RDM progress with the rest of NeDICC. The presentations can be accessed below:

RDM progress update: UCT

RDM progress update: UWC

RDM progress update: UNISA

RDM progress update: CSIR

DMP tool: test

The ‘National level’ Data Management Planning tool is ready for testing by a wider community.  It currently contains DMPs for a couple of international funders as well as the DCC generic DMP.

The testing phase DMP can be accessed at the following url:

Feel free to test the DMP, share the link far and wide, and provide feedback.

CODATA: South Africa: Data Citation Workshop 2015

CODATA: The South Africa Data Citation Workshop, named “Data citation as a catalyst for good RDM practices”, was held on the 10th December 2015 at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Knowledge Commons building (Ulwazi), Pretoria, South Africa.

Agenda point Presenter
Science as an open enterprise – looking at the wider context for research data management (RDM) as well as Open Science Prof Colin Wright,
Department of Science & Technology
The international drive and importance of data citation. RDA Task group as well as any other relevant international initiatives Simon Hodson,
Executive Director of CODATA
CODATA Data Citation Task Team & its outputs: The citation principles developed
Martie van Deventer, CODATA Data Citation Task Team Member
Research using public funding: The South African case – (a) NRF Open Access Statement, (b) Requirements to be met
Daisy Selematsela, Executive Director: KMC
NeDICC – Its role and plans for 2016 Lucia Lötter, Chairperson: NeDICC
DIRISA Progress & function/role – (a) Repository certification: A network of trusted data repositories for South Africa; (b) DIRISA repository; (c) Encouraging good research practice – also for proper citation; (d) National digital object identifier infrastructure; (e) Researcher IDs Anwar Vahed, Manager: DIRISA
“$100 is not much to you”: Unseen Barriers in Open Science Louise Bezuidenhout University of Exeter and WITS
Workshop discussion: Data citation Concerns, success stories Will data citation really be seen as a reward for the proper management of research data?
Workshop discussion: Shared language / Jargon Clarification of terms (some examples) Ownership/ Management/ Stewardship Persistent identifiers Open, Embargoed and Restricted access Data center, Preservation DMP / RDM / RDA
Workshop discussion: Roles and responsibilities The RDM role and responsibility of each of the following: Funders; Research offices / officers; Libraries; Ethics committees; IP / Licensing office; The researchers; and the Role / responsibility for a data center
Roadmap session 1: A proposed national repository: Institutions have three options when making their research data accessible – (a) Establish your own managed data repository;
(b) Make use of an established subject / domain repository; or (c) Use DIRISA’s repository (prototype will be demonstrated)
• Join the planning and development team … Contribute to the requirements document for the repository (including the citation reference/ protocol) and preservation management & infrastructure.
• Ensure that all repositories could be harvested to allow for a national ‘register’ of South African data sets.
Anwar Vahed
Heila Pienaar
Isak van der Walt
Roadmap session 2: A proposed national DMP tool. Institutions could implement/ develop their own Data Management Planning (DMP) tools or collaborate and make use of a reliable national resource.
• RDM Plans – what are the funder requirements
• Specify the requirements for a national initiative.
Anwar Vahed
Johann van Wyk
Isak vd Walt