Managing Research Data: Gravitational Waves
The MRD-GW project was funded by
JISC in 2010–2011 as part of the
Managing Research Data programme, to examine the way in which
Big Science data is managed, and produce recommendations as appropriate.
Big science data is different: it comes in large volumes,
and it is shared and exploited in ways which may differ from other
disciplines. The MRD-GW project explored these differences using
as a case-study Gravitational Wave (GW) data generated by the
LIGO Scientific Consortium (LSC),
and produce recommendations useful variously to JISC, the funding council
(STFC) and the GW community.
The main project output was its final report, which
described the sub-discipline for JISC, provided guidance on data
management plans for STFC, and offered a framework for a long-term
archive strategy for the GW community.
The project final report includes sections as follows, broadly
corresponding to the three audiences we are addressing.
- Sect. 1 is about data management in big science. It is addressed
to the JISC and to the data preservation community in general, and is
intended to illuminate the ways in which scientists in these areas
have distinctive data management requirements, and a distinctive data
culture, which contrasts informatively with other disciplines.
- Sect. 2 is primarily addressed to STFC and other similar funders
of this type of science. It is concerned with the responsibilities
which are imposed on funders by the wider society, and which are
passed on to the funded through requirements on the governance of
projects and the availability of data. The recommendations here are
concerned with how best to express these responsibilities.
- Sect. 3 is primarily addressed to the LSC, as a proxy for
similar big- science projects. The explicit recommendations here are
intended to be of as much interest to projects, as actions they may
wish to take, as to funders, as behaviour it may be prudent or
productive to require.
- Finally, Sect. 4 contains conclusions and explicit recommendations.
- Final report:
- Norman Gray and Graham Woan,
Digital Preservation and Astronomy: Lessons for funders and the
funded. To appear in Evans, I N, et al. (eds), Proceedings of
ADASS XX, 2011.
- Various workshop presentations.
- Project blog.
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