Why a research data management toolkit?
Today, we create data in greater volumes than ever before. Therefore, we must ensure it is safely managed, stored, shared and preserved. This toolkit is our way to help the community find resources on research data management: these are spread all over the internet and often difficult to reach. That is why we decided to create a website drawing together our advice and guidance on research data and links to best practice. We would like this toolkit to be the “to-go” place for research data management information and we are committed to keeping it up to date.
Today, research data management is widespread among research performing organisation. While this is a great achievement, it also opens the door to vocabulary problems. As people work with research data management, they develop small variations of the terms used. Thus, in your organisation, you might hear slightly different terms from what we use here.
All vocabularies are acceptable and there is no telling which one is the best or most accurate. What matters is that a vocabulary is used consistently within a resource and this is what we tried to do here.
- The CASRAI vocabulary for research data: The vocabulary considered in this toolkit is the CASRAI one, which assigns a unique identifier and URL to terms. The CASRAI vocabulary has been developed through a collaboration between vocabulary experts and practitioners. It is a living document and it is periodically updated, too. The maintainer of the vocabulary is Research Data Canada’s (RDC) Standards and Interoperability Committee, in collaboration with CASRAI. The CASRAI vocabulary includes 490 terms, so we invite you to refer to it whenever in doubt.
- The COAR vocabulary for bibliographic metadata: In 2014, COAR established the Interest Group “Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets” to develop a set of controlled vocabularies for the bibliographic metadata elements used in records describing research outputs. In order to define the controlled vocabularies, the Editorial Board analyses existing vocabularies and dictionaries and will use the most appropriate existing terms whenever possible. In the case where there are gaps, new terms are defined by the group.
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