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A comparative study of platforms for research data management: interoperability, metadata capabilities and integration potential

Research data management is acknowledged as an important concern for institutions and several platforms to support data deposits have emerged. In this paper we start by an overview of current practices in the data management workflow and identify the stakeholders in this process. We later compare four recently proposed data repository platforms—DSpace, CKAN, Zenodo and Figshare—considering their architecture, support for metadata, API completeness, as well as their search mechanisms. To evaluate these features, we take into consideration the identified stakeholders’ requirements. In the end, we argue that, depending on local requirements, different data repositories can meet some of the stakeholders requirements. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvements, mainly regarding the compatibility with the description of data from different research domains, to further improve data reuse.

Author(s):

Ricardo Carvalho Amorim    
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto/INESC TEC
Portugal

João Aguiar Castro    
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto/INESC TEC
Portugal

João Rocha da Silva    
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto/INESC TEC
Portugal

Cristina Ribeiro    
DEI—Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto/INESC TEC
Portugal

 

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