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SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bradford University (09 Feb 17)
  • Bristol University (02 Feb 17)
  • British Library (09 Feb 17)
  • British Museum (06 Feb 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (15 Feb 17)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art (07 Feb 17)
  • De Montfort University (20 Jan 17)
  • Exeter University (03 Feb 17)
  • King’s College London (01 Feb 17)
  • Kingston University (01 Feb 17)
  • National Library of Scotland (06 Feb 17)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Feb 17)
  • Oxford University (22 Jan 17)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (03 Feb 17)
  • Senate House Libraries, University of London (24 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (11 Feb 17)
  • Sussex University (01 Feb 17)
  • Wellcome Library (30 Jan 17)

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberdeen University (05 Jan 17)
  • British Library (02 Feb 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (08 Feb 17)
  • London Metropolitan University (26 Jan 17)
  • National Archives (01 Feb 17)
  • St. Andrews University (16 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (04 Feb 17)

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Digimap for Schools and GCSE Geography

This week one of our users posted a tweet which gave a brief overview of the Edexcel Geography GCSE curriculum (Edexcel GCSE Geography Curriculum).  We immediately noted how valuable a resource Digimap for Schools could potentially be in this curriculum.  We noted that in particular, Component 2: “UK Geographical Issues” and Component 3: “People and the Environment Issues -Making Geographical Decisions” cited the use of OS maps at 1:25000 and 1:50000 numerous times.

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We spent some time going through the full GCSE Edexcel Geography B specifications and noted the large number of topics and assessments where Digimap for Schools was applicable. Two areas in particular: Topic 4: “The UK’s evolving physical landscape” and Topic 6: “Geographical investigation” cited the use of Ordnance Survey maps several times in the ‘Integrated Skills” sections.    See below:

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We also noted that this GCSE also required 2 fieldwork investigations, one for physical geography (coasts or rivers) and one for human geography (dynamic urban areas or changing rural areas).  We already provide some guidance on how Digimap for Schools can be used directly for fieldwork in two videos on our youtube channel: Fieldwork Webinar and Using FieldTrip GB with Digimap for Schools

We believe that Digimap for Schools is the perfect tool for providing this OS mapping, but also has the added functionality of providing GIS elements such as the ability to add point files which would cover some of the assessment criteria within this particular exam specification.

We believe Digimap for Schools is the perfect resource allowing pupils to access all the relevant OS maps required within the GCSE curriculum (we think it’s also the GB mapping used within the most exam papers), it also provides the tools to undertake all the assessment objectives in a simple, no fuss way.  We also believe it facilitates the GIS components of the curriculum (please someone tell us if it doesn’t, but we genuinely believe it does :-) ).

I did a quick look through some of the other examination boards and can report that it’s a similar story with the OS 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps being persistently cited for usage, so Digimap for Schools is applicable for these examination boards also.

Anyhow, I did a quick video which identifies the areas of the Edexcel specifications and some of the AQA specifications where I think we Digimap for Schools can help.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Aerial Digimap data: The mapping service where it’s always sunny

The latest Digimap addition is aerial photo images, covering the whole of Great Britain to 25cm precision. The University of Edinburgh has just subscribed to Aerial Digimap, so the great news is that staff and students can now access these wonderful images, overlay them onto other map layers, and combine them with building height and topology data to make amazing and beautiful three-dimensional maps of the whole of Britain.

Map created using Aerial Digimap

I’ve used Aerial Digimap to label the entrance to Argyle House, home of EDINA. © GetMapping and University of Edinburgh. This map contains OS data.

Digimap is a visual interface that allows users to explore, annotate and download mapping data covering the whole of Great Britain.* Digimap’s historical map data go back as far as the 1840s, while geological, marine and environmental data have been available for some time.

It’s strikingly sunny in the images of Edinburgh. The Digimap team confirmed this is a UK-wide phenomenon: “Aerial Photography can only be captured on clear days, so it’s always sunny in Aerial Roam!”

You can watch a guided tour of Aerial Digimap’s features and a demonstration of how to make the most of them by EDINA’s Ian Holmes in this recently recorded webinar: 

Click here to view the embedded video.

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To get started with Aerial Digimap, login with your EASE account at: http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/aerial

* For mapping data covering Northern Ireland, please see Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

 

Pauline Ward is a Research Data Service Assistant based at EDINA, supporting staff and students at the University of Edinburgh

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Highlights from the RDM Programme Progress Report: May to July 2016

The following key results were highlighted in the RDM Programme Progress Report:

  • There were 42 new users and 69 data management plans created with DMPOnline.
  • An additional 1.5PB has been procured for DataStore’s general capacity expansions.
  • The Roslin Institute has deposited 16 datasets into Data Vault.
  • DataShare upload release (2.1) went live on 23 May 2016.
  • There are now 334 dataset records in PURE, an increase of 124 records from the last reporting period (February to April 2016).
  • 54 datasets have been deposited into DataShare.
  • The University of Edinburgh was recommended as a preferred supplier on the Framework for the Research Data Management Shared Services for Jisc Services Ltd (JSL) for the following Lots:
  • Lot 2: Repository Interfaces
  • Lot 3: Data Exchange Interface
  • Lot 6: Research Data Preservation Tools Development
  • Lot 8: User Experience Enhancements
  • A total of 390 staff and postgraduates attended RDM courses and workshops during this quarter.
  • A total of 3,649 learners enrolled for the 5-week RDMS MOOC rolling course from March through July, 2016 and a total of 461 people completed the course in the same time frame.
  • There were 5,198 MANTRA sessions recorded from May to July with 58 to 60 percent identified as new users.
  • Set up an RDM Forum in collaboration with College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Research Officer and Research Outputs Co-ordinator. The first RDM forum is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

Data Management Planning highlights

We currently hold sample data management plans for grant applications submitted to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

 Active Data Infrastructure highlights

DataStore

An additional 1.5PB has been procured for general capacity expansions. This capacity will primarily be deployed to the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) and the College of Science & Engineering (CSE).

MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine (IGMM) has purchased an additional 1.2PB of capacity, and this is now deployed in their dedicated file system.

Data Stewardship highlights

DataShare

The large data sharing investigation was completed for DataShare and reported previously. Upload release (2.1) went live on 23 May 2016. Download release planned following ‘embargo release’ and ShareGeo spatial data migration.

Data Vault

There was a soft release of Data Vault in February 2016, with the Roslin Institute depositing 16 datasets during this quarter.

PURE

There are now 334 dataset records in PURE, an increase of 124 records from the last reporting period (February to April 2016).

Research Data Discovery Service (RDDS)

Two PhD interns are working on School engagement activities (dataset records into PURE / datasets into DataShare) for Divinity & Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine; contracts end 16 September 2016. One PhD intern retrospectively added DataShare metadata to PURE for data deposits prior to PURE Data Catalogue functionality; contract to end 16 September 2016. A fourth PhD intern (to work with School of Informatics) is awaiting for approval.

Data Management Support highlights

A total of 390 staff and postgraduates attended RDM courses and workshops during this quarter.

Other related research data management support activities to highlight

  • A talk was given ‘Understanding and overcoming challenges to sharing personal and sensitive data’ at the ReCon (Research Communication and Data Visualisation) Conference, 24th June 2016, The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).
  • ‘Working with sensitive data in research’ guide was written for research staff and students in social sciences.
  • Another guide is being written on ‘Sharing and retaining data’ for research staff and students in social sciences.
  • Set up an RDM Forum in collaboration with College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Research Officer and Research Outputs Co-ordinator. The first RDM forum is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

Other activities to highlight

The outcome of Jisc RDM Shared Services bid that was submitted in March 2016

The Procurement Panel has recommended University of Edinburgh as a preferred supplier on the Framework for the Research Data Management Shared Services for Jisc Services Ltd (JSL) for the following Lots:

  • Lot 2: Repository Interfaces
  • Lot 3: Data Exchange Interface
  • Lot 6: Research Data Preservation Tools Development
  • Lot 8: User Experience Enhancements

Unfortunately, the Procurement Panel has decided not to recommend University of Edinburgh for the following Lots:

  • Lot 1: Research Data Repository
  • Lot 4: Research Information and Administration Systems Integrations

National and International Engagement Activities

From May to June

Stuart Macdonald and Rocio von Jungenfeld ran three workshops for the IS Innovation Fund project, Data-X: Pioneering Research Data Exhibition, with PhD students from across the University. Introduction to Data-X: Pioneering Research Data Exhibition

In June

Stuart Macdonald presented peer-reviewed presentation to IASSIST conference, Bergen: Supporting the development of a national Research Data Discovery Service – a Pilot Project

Robin Rice presented a poster at Open Repositories 2016, Dublin: Data Curation Lifecycle Management at the University of Edinburgh

Pauline Ward presented a lightning talk at Open Repositories 2016, Dublin:  Growing Open Data: Making the sharing of XXL-sized research data files online a reality, using Edinburgh DataShare

Stuart Macdonald was an invited speaker at NFAIS (National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services) Fostering Open Science Virtual Seminar: NFAIS Fostering Open Science Virtual Seminar

In July

Robin Rice gave two presentations (invited and peer-reviewed) at LIBER 2016, Helsinki: University of Edinburgh RDM Training: MANTRA & beyond; Designing and delivering an international MOOC on Research Data Management and Sharing

Robin Rice filled in for Stuart Lewis as invited speaker for JISC-CNI 2016, London: Managing active research in the University of Edinburgh

This is the last quarterly report as the Research Data Management (RDM) Roadmap Project (August 2012 to July 2016) came to a close on 31 July 2016.

There will be discussions with the RDM Steering Group to decide how future reporting will be conducted. These reports will be released on the Research Data Blog as well.

Tony Mathys
Research Data Management Service Co-ordinator

 

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (19 Jan 17)
  • Cambridge University (06 Jan 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (18 Jan 17)
  • Cranfield University (20 Jan 17)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (20 Jan 17)
  • Dundee University (01 Jan 17)
  • Glasgow University (06 Jan 17)
  • Nottingham University (19 Jan 17)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (06 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (21 Jan 17)
  • University of the West of England (23 Jan 17)

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SUNCAT updated

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  • British Library (12 Jan 17)
  • Exeter University (06 Jan 17)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (04 Jan 17)
  • King’s College London (01 Jan 17)
  • London Library (13 Jan 17)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Jan 17)
  • Manchester University (01 Jan 17)
  • Open University (01 Jan 17)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (03 Jan 17)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (14 Jan 17)
  • Strathclyde University (01 Jan 17)
  • Sussex University (01 Jan 17)
  • Swansea University (01 Jan 17)
  • York University (01 Jan 17)

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Jan 17)
  • Bath University (01 Jan 17)
  • Bristol University (09 Jan 17)
  • Brunel University London (01 Jan 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (11 Jan 17)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (21 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Jan 17)
  • Imperial College London (01 Jan 17)
  • Kent University (01 Jan 17)
  • Kingston University (01 Jan 17)
  • Leeds University (21 Dec 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (04 Jan 17)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Jan 17)
  • Sheffield University (01 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (07 Jan 17)
  • Trinity College Dublin (03 Jan 17)
  • University of the West of England (23 Dec 16)

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (22 Dec 16)
  • British Museum (14 Dec 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (04 Jan 17)
  • Cranfield University (20 Dec 16)
  • De Montfort University (20 Dec 16)
  • Glasgow University (12 Dec 16)
  • London Business School (09 Dec 16)
  • London Metropolitan University (19 Dec 16)
  • Loughborough University (16 Dec 16)
  • National Archives (01 Jan 17)
  • Oxford University (22 Dec 16)
  • Reading University (08 Dec 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Dec 16)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (12 Dec 16)
  • Southampton University (24 Dec 16)
  • St. Andrews University (19 Dec 16)

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