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Towards a global open scientific notebook infrastructure

Towards a global open scientific notebook infrastructure
Towards a global open scientific notebook infrastructure
The original World Wide Web vision was of a global and shared information space, and the Web as we now know it is a powerful facilitator of scientific endeavour, as well as being vital for modern commerce, leisure, and public awareness. Recently, calls for scientific research to become more open have gathered momentum: in the UK, the Royal Society has issues a comprehensive report arguing for intelligent openness to become standard. Funding bodies across the world have mandated the sharing of data and other supporting materials generated in the course of publicly funded research. In a press release outlining measure to improve access to scientific information, the European Commission undertook to “develop and support e-infrastructures to host and share scientific information (publications and data) which are interoperable on European and global level”.

The infrastructures required comprise more than linked data repositories: there is widespread acceptance of the importance of metadata for describing, classifying, and linking the data. Provenance information is essential: indeed, it has been suggested that the provenance reflects the probability of having quality metadata. However, the utility of any infrastructure will depend heavily on proper curation. Although many researchers regard curation as a burden, capture at source can do much to relieve that perception. Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) are a key enabling technology for scientific data infrastructures, with their built-in provisions for metadata capture, provenance trails, and curation at source. In this paper, we describe LabTrove, a cross-disciplinary ELN, with a range of resources and facilities for assembling a scientific notebook infrastructure. We give examples of international collaborations using LabTrove, and illustrate its application for open notebook science.
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Coles, Simon J.
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Frey, Jeremy G., Milsted, Andrew J., Coles, Simon J., Bird, Colin Leonard, Willoughby, Cerys, Neylon, Cameron and Todd, Matthew (2013) Towards a global open scientific notebook infrastructure. Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP13), Baltimore, United States. 03 - 04 Apr 2013.

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Abstract

The original World Wide Web vision was of a global and shared information space, and the Web as we now know it is a powerful facilitator of scientific endeavour, as well as being vital for modern commerce, leisure, and public awareness. Recently, calls for scientific research to become more open have gathered momentum: in the UK, the Royal Society has issues a comprehensive report arguing for intelligent openness to become standard. Funding bodies across the world have mandated the sharing of data and other supporting materials generated in the course of publicly funded research. In a press release outlining measure to improve access to scientific information, the European Commission undertook to “develop and support e-infrastructures to host and share scientific information (publications and data) which are interoperable on European and global level”.

The infrastructures required comprise more than linked data repositories: there is widespread acceptance of the importance of metadata for describing, classifying, and linking the data. Provenance information is essential: indeed, it has been suggested that the provenance reflects the probability of having quality metadata. However, the utility of any infrastructure will depend heavily on proper curation. Although many researchers regard curation as a burden, capture at source can do much to relieve that perception. Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) are a key enabling technology for scientific data infrastructures, with their built-in provisions for metadata capture, provenance trails, and curation at source. In this paper, we describe LabTrove, a cross-disciplinary ELN, with a range of resources and facilities for assembling a scientific notebook infrastructure. We give examples of international collaborations using LabTrove, and illustrate its application for open notebook science.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 4 March 2013
Venue - Dates: Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP13), Baltimore, United States, 2013-04-03 - 2013-04-04
Organisations: Chemistry

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Local EPrints ID: 353869
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353869
PURE UUID: 01236220-2ff6-46a2-ada6-c7313b6d8f0c
ORCID for Jeremy G. Frey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0842-4302
ORCID for Simon J. Coles: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8414-9272

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Date deposited: 21 Jun 2013 14:21
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:53

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