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Biomechanics Data Capture (DC10A)

increasing discoverability and usability

Overview

This project developed software for the exclusive use of researchers from the Biomechanics laboratory within the Faculty of Heath and Behavioural Science at the University of Wollongong (UOW). The software assists researchers to organise data collected from specialised equipment, build meaningful descriptions about the data, permanently store the data/descriptions and publish the descriptions to the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

Background

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) provided UOW with funding to build software that assists UOW in data capture, data management and research promotion whilst also achieving the goals of ANDS – increasing discoverability and reusability of Australian research data. Software to manage the data from multiple projects was developed, involving data collection from a diverse range of participants, using highly specialised laboratory equipment in the biomechanics laboratory.

The ARDC is a searchable database administered by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) that allows like-minded researchers to search and locate information about the existence of research data sets that may be useful to them. Importantly, the ARDC will not allow public access to the actual data. Instead, requests for access to the data will come directly to the custodian of the data and are subject to ethics approval.

Benefits

This project:
•    Creates metadata entries associated with datasets
•    Provides a central storage repository where metadata coupled with raw datasets can be stored.
•    Provides a mechanism whereby collections of data can be defined.
•    Provides a mechanism whereby metadata can be harvested and automatically transported to the ARDC making data collections discoverable within and outside of UOW.

BDC system components

System components

System Specification

The system consists of a centralised repository for the storage of all data. Access to the data is  managed via a web application and the data stored in a database. Users are identified through their existing university accounts, using authentication against an LDAP server. The web based application makes use of Adobe Flash™ to upload files, shows a progress bar and  can retrieve files. A database stores metadata associated with data files. The metadata is searchable and used to create ANDS RIF-CS collections.

This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative.