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UCI Dash: A New Solution to Research Data Sharing and Archiving

UCI Dash is an easy-to-use solution for the effective curation of and access to, campus research data. It is designed to be a simple self-service curation tool for researchers to archive and share their datasets. Data sharing is critical for the advancement of knowledge; researchers benefit from increased collaborations, reproducibility, and recognition of their work; institutions and funders benefit from the measurable increase in the impact of their resources; and society benefits from the faster pace at which research can progress. Funding agencies, such as NSF and NIH, are now making data sharing and archiving part of their funding requirements. Researchers can meet those requirements by using Dash.

UCI Dash is a collaborative project between the UCI Libraries and the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL). Dash began at UCSF as a service for research data management called DataShare. It was led by faculty who wanted to share data, and developed by the UCSF Library and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CDL repurposed the code from UCSF so that the service could be used by all UC campuses. Several campuses and UCOP now have Dash up and running.

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Tasks Dash currently supports include:

  • Providing guidance on preparing datasets for submission based on best practices.
  • Selecting datasets for curation through local file browse or simple drag-and-drop.
  • Describing datasets using the DataCite metadata schema.
  • Assigning datasets with persistent digital identifiers for permanent citation and discovery.
  • Preserving, managing, and making data easily downloadable.
  • Discovering and retrieving data through faceted search and browse.

In addition to UCI Dash, UCI Libraries worked with CDL to develop a geo‐location service that fulfills the needs of an Orange County Data Portal (OCDP). OCDP uses the Dash platform and is intended to preserve and share research data collected in or pertaining to Orange County, California. All data deposited in OCDP will also appear in the main UCI Dash interface. A small team of UCI librarians and IT staff are planning educational workshops for OCDP and will host a series of promotional events on campus and in the region to relevant groups. The geo-location service is an add-on that can be used by any participating UC campus.

Dash is a service that will be continuously improved. For example, CDL recently obtained a grant from the Sloan Foundation to revamp the user interface and update the technology.

For more information on UCI Dash please contact Shu Liu, Metadata & Digital Resources Librarian at 949-824-8781 or shu.liu@uci.edu.