Meeting with DataCite team from British Library

Last week, Elizabeth Newbold and Rachael Kotarski from British Library gave an interesting talk to Imperial on the DataCite.  BL is now a member of  DataCite and to provide the UK with DataCite infrastructure (know more click here). We had some heated discussions about the DOI issues, from what it is to how it actually fits our needs. We are considering whether it is possible to launch a  pilot scheme on DataCite at Imperial  following this project , and hopefully School of Public Health would be a start point…


Keep it on track

Happy new year to all!!

After a wonderful break, all our team members are back in the office and will carry on the JISC project within the department. Before christmas, Dr Saiful Islam had joined the team and now he is working as a research associate with Dr Vasa Curcinto provide excellent support to the project.  They will lead the design of a database schema and a data portal as well.

So what’s going on for this short project?

Before the christmas break, we had finished the documentation of metadata for datasets being hold at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. All metadata are now stored in Endnote as an interim stage, we aim to transfer this to a standard Protege ontology.  Vasa and Saiful have drafted a database schema using GPRD dataset as an example. Dr Michael Soljak keeps in touch with National Information Governance Board (NIGB) and NHS Information Centre (NHS IC) regarding the healthcare information governance issues and policies during the past few months and reviews on these policies are ongoing.  Yutong is busy at doing the requirement analysis interviews with individual researchers at the Department. Responses from our researchers are quite positive and most of them are interested in the outputs of this project.  We also follow closely with colleagues at the teams  History DMP  and C4DM when doing our interviews.  This work has almost been done although we are still waiting a few researchers back in office from their holiday. The summary of the interviews will soon be available at this website!

So what’s next?

Over the next few months we will be working closely as a full team on the following targets:

  •  to develop a departmental data management plan
  • to produce policies for healthcare data repositories
  • to built a data access portal
  • to work with other departments within the School of Public Health and seek any potential further cooperation

Our second Advisory Board Meeting will be held at the begining of February, by then we shall report the progress to the Board and discuss more!

Will be very busy over the next few months!

Project start

Rapid Organisation of Health Research Data is a JISC-funded project under the Managing Research Data programme 2011-13, based at Imperial College London’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health (PCPH) and Department of Computing (DOC). The objectives can be found here.

The project is just starting, and we are currently looking into devising a suitable ontology to capture the required metadata from existing datasets within PCPH and other departments in Faculty of Medicine. The initial outputs will be published on this website as soon as they enter the stable draft stage.