DMAOnline team at the Second Research Data Spring Sandpit Workshop
On 14-15 July the DMOnline team along with other 14 projects travelled to London to attend the second sandpit workshop, this time at Imperial College. The event was very well organised (thanks Daniela!) and enjoyable. Angus Whyte from the DCC has written a very good summary of the sandpit workshop but see below to learn about our impressions.
On the first day all projects gave an update of what they have done in Phase 1. Although probably all projects found it challenging to get up and running in the months it was good to see how much has been achieved. We confirmed with our colleagues from York and Hull who run the interesting Filling the Digital Preservation Gap project that we want to collaborate if we both get funding for Phase 2. It would also be good to get closer links with the Data Vault project (University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester). It was also nice to catch caught up with colleagues who were not involved in projects. These Jisc events are a great networking opportunity. Come along if you can! In the evening after dinner we did the final tweaks on our pitch. Will we be able to include a live demo of the dashboard in our 4 minute slot? And will the dashboard work?
After breakfast a final rehearsal of the pitch presentation, then back to the venue at Imperial College. We were project number 11 so there was time to watch our colleagues first and get a bit nervous. But apart from some technical glitches our pitch went well. It was also nice to see that the atmosphere at the event was friendly and not too competitive. At the end of Day 2 there was time to have a chat with colleagues over lunch on the future of our projects. Interesting questions were asked such as if DMAOnline could be integrated in existing institutional dashboards (the answer is yes). We finally left the Sandpit Workshop cautiously optimistic as we received a lot of interest and encouragement.
The outcome: DMAOnline receives 2nd phase of Jisc Research Data Spring funding
We are very pleased to announce that our DMAOnline project led by Lancaster University has received funding from Jisc of Stage 2 of the project. Needles to say that we are very excited and thank Jisc for the additional funding and all our colleagues for positive feedback. Congratulations also to the other projects that will get Phase 2 funding!
What next for DMAOnline?
The next four months we will be busy working on the following: * Work on Dashboard and backend prototype version 2 * Ingest live data ingest from CSVs, Pure, EPrints, DMPonline API * Collaborate with our early adopters * Work on additional use cases (Archivematica, DMPOnline) * Data visualisation & reports (export options) * Backend and API scalability to manage data from multiple institutions (throttling, paging, authN, authZ)