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To investigate the use of current open-source digital repository software to enable the automatic curation of robot-generated experimental data and metadata. To demonstrate the feasibility of using current open-source digital repository software (such as GNU Eprints, DSpace and Fedora) for management of data acquired directly from automatic integrated laboratory equipment, specifically the Robot Scientist created at UWA

Robot-generated Open Access Data (ROAD)

Aim of the two year project:

  • to investigate the use of current open-source digital repository software to enable the automatic curation of robot-generated experimental data and metadata

The intention is to demonstrate the feasibility of using current open-source digital repository software for management of data acquired directly from automatic integrated laboratory equipment, specifically the Robot Scientist 1 created at UWA.

It is expected that the project will also contribute to research on the sharing of experimental data as well as providing a case study for similar scientific installations in other institutions and for other scientific domains. The vision for data repositories in Digital Repositories Roadmap: looking forward 2 has an information environment in which raw research data is made available on an open access basis. This vision includes the idea of direct linking between laboratory equipment and a departmental or institutional repository. The link with the Robot Scientist constitutes a sophisticated demonstration of this vision.

Lead institution
  • University of Wales Aberystwyth (UWA)

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