The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management is a monthly lecture series hosted during the spring and fall academic semesters. Research Data Services invites speakers from a variety of disciplines to talk about their research or involvement with data.
On October 12th, Matthew Garcia, a PhD candidate in Forest Science with the Dept of Forest & Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, gave a talk entitled “The accurate data management plan (if such exists) in the presence of ‘Big Data'”. His slides are embedded below and are also available on the Research Data Services Speakerdeck page.
LabKey Server is an open source data management platform designed for organizing and managing data from large-scale research; for example, data from thousands of samples and/or subjects. It provides a secure environment for collaborators at different locations to share, combine, and query data. It is an extensible platform, allowing developers to create custom applications for data analysis and visualization through its API (application programming interface).
LabKey has been used in several biomedical research communities to integrate and analyze data from high throughput assays conducted in distributed labs, including the Immune Tolerance Network, the Atlas data portal for HIV Vaccine studies, and others.
LabKey is currently in use at the UW-Madison Primate Center.
Documenting research data and processes is becoming highly relevant in the age of Big Data. The Data Documentation Initiative (http://www.ddialliance.org/what) is an effort to standardize how social science metadata are described, thus leading to more efficient discovery and analysis of data.
Recently, a workshop was held in Germany to expand the scope of DDI and make it simpler to use. To those ends, DDI plans to adopt a model-based specification that can be expressed in XML, RDF/OWL technology, relational database schema, and other languages. To broaden its appeal beyond a programmer and software developer audience, it was decided that DDI needs to avoid jargon and use terminology that is familiar to social science researchers and data librarians. Please contact RDS if you are interested in applying DDI to your research project.