|dc.description.abstract||Funders and governments are increasingly requiring researchers to make their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) in order to improve quality of research and promote open science. The main driving force behind open science is the re-use of data, but if the data is to be re-used it must be well described. The current culture of providing metadata at the point of sharing is inefficient, it is treated as an extra burden by researchers and tends to lead to limited and bad quality metadata. We are looking at ways in which metadata can be captured as part of the research workflow, as it is the most optimal time for recording such information.
The University is uniquely positioned to provide a data management services with assured longevity and security as opposed to a solutions created or contracted by individual research groups. With the aim of helping scientists make their data reusable, we have focussed on the first step of capturing information electronically when it is created, adapting the Confluence wiki provided by the University to act as a fully functional ELN. The wiki as lab notebook can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups, it improves communication within the group and reduces the risk of information being lost when researchers or students leave. We are going to present how, by adopting this university service we can provide an affordable and sustainable solution to early metadata acquisition.
A video of this presentation can be viewed at https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/0_3gsk6upd||en