Open data and the academy: an evaluation of CKAN for research data management

Winn, Joss (2013) Open data and the academy: an evaluation of CKAN for research data management. In: IASSIST 2013, 28-31 May 2013, Cologne.

Open Data and the Academy: An Evaluation of CKAN for Research Data Management
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This paper offers a full and critical evaluation of the open source CKAN software ( for use as a Research Data Management (RDM) tool within a university environment. It presents a case study of CKAN's implementation and use at the University of Lincoln, UK, and highlights its strengths and current weaknesses as an institutional Research Data Management tool. The author draws on his prior experience of implementing a mixed media Digital Asset Management system (DAM), Institutional Repository (IR) and institutional Web Content Management System (CMS), to offer an outline proposal for how CKAN can be used effectively for data analysis, storage and publishing in academia. This will be of interest to researchers, data librarians, and developers, who are responsible for the implementation of institutional RDM infrastructure. This paper is presented as part of the dissemination activities of the Jisc-funded Orbital project (

Keywords:CKAN4RDM, jiscMRD, orbitalMRD, RDM, Research Data Management, Data Management Systems
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P110 Information Management
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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ID Code:9778
Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 14:48

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