A PDF (and citable) version of this document is available via Zenodo. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1316938
We talked with Dr. Riccardo Riva, an assistant professor at the TU Delft Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences who has published several datasets via the 4TU.Centre for Research Data. We spoke about his recent paper in the open access journal The Cryosphere on the surprising effects of melting glaciers and ice sheets on the solid Earth though the last century and how this affects reconstructions of past sea level from sparse observations.
The data underlying Riva’s paper were made publicly available through the 4TU.Centre for Research Data. Riva believes that sharing data “helps progress in science” and that “if you get public money to do research, then the results should be public”.
“When data are open, then anybody can use it. There will be some competition, but that’s only good. Competition leads to new ideas, which in turn lead to even more ideas and to progress in science.”
The 4TU.Centre for Research Data, hosted by the TU Delft Library, offers researchers a reliable long-term archive for technical and scientific research data. It creates opportunities for linking publications to underlying data thereby promoting improved findability and citability for research data. Over 90% of the data stored in the archive are environmental research data coded in netCDF – a data format and data model that, although generic, is mostly used in climate, ocean and atmospheric sciences. Therefore, 4TU.ResearchData has a special interest in this area and offers specific services and tools to enhance the access to and the use of netCDF datasets. TU Delft Library also offers Research Data Management Support during all stages of the research lifecycle.
Today we are presenting at the PV2018 conference in Harwell, UK.
This presentation can be downloaded from Zenodo.
The paper for the conference proceedings is available on OSF Preprints.
Title: Adding Value and Facilitating Data Reuse: the Case of the 4TU.Centre for Research Data
Authors: Maria J. Cruz, Egbert Gramsbergen
Abstract: The history of the 4TU.Centre for Research Data goes back to 2008, when it started as a project of the libraries of three technical universities in the Netherlands. The aim was to serve the data curation needs of heterogeneous research communities. Fast forward ten years, and over 90% of the data stored in the 4TU archive are geoscientific datasets coded in netCDF (Network Common Data Form). This is a data format and model that, although generic, is mostly and widely used in atmospheric sciences and oceanography. As an endeavour to ensure that the 4TU.Centre for Research Data remains relevant and successful in the long term, we are exploring options for expanding the services related to netCDF data and potentially build a community of netCDF data depositors and users. Here we present the results of semi-structured, qualitative interviews with eleven researchers, all based in the Netherlands, who use and produce netCDF data; nine of them deposited netCDF data in the 4TU archive. These researchers represent heterogeneous research communities within the Earth sciences, with different views and attitudes to data archiving and publishing. Any new services or community building attempts will need to take this diversity into account. A common need for training and advice may guide the way forward for the 4TU.Centre for Research Data.
This week, we are presenting at the International Digital Curation Conference 2018 in Barcelona.
This presentation can be downloaded from Zenodo.
The pre-print version of the practice paper accepted for the conference is available on OSF Preprints.
Title: From Passive to Active, From Generic to Focused: How Can an Institutional Data Archive Remain Relevant in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape?
Authors: Maria J. Cruz, Jasmin K. Böhmer, Egbert Gramsbergen, Marta Teperek, Madeleine de Smaele, Alastair Dunning
Abstract: Founded in 2008 as an initiative of the libraries of three of the four technical universities in the Netherlands, the 4TU.Centre for Research Data (4TU.Research Data) provides since 2010 a fully operational, cross-institutional, long-term archive that stores data from all subjects in applied sciences and engineering. Presently, over 90% of the data in the archive is geoscientific data coded in netCDF (Network Common Data Form) – a data format and data model that, although generic, is mostly used in climate, ocean and atmospheric sciences. In this practice paper, we explore the question of how 4TU.Research Data can stay relevant and forward-looking in a rapidly evolving research data management landscape. In particular, we describe the motivation behind this question and how we propose to address it.
We talked about netCDF at 4TU.ResearchData.
And we learned about:
The KNMI datacentre.
Climate4Impact – a platform for researchers to explore climate data and perform analysis.
MSG Cloud Physical Properties – an algorithm developed at KNMI to derive cloud, precipitation and radiation products from satellite instruments.
Presentation given to a delegation from Technical University of Denmark, 26 September 2017.