BagIt for transferring and archiving Research Objects

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BagIt is an Internet Draft that specifies a file system structure for transferring and archiving a collection of files, including their checksums and brief metadata. BagIt is commonly used by digital library communities for archival purposes, and is mandated by the Library of Congress for digital preservation. Research Object bundles are structured ZIP-files for serializes… Read more »

taverna-prov: Taverna Workflow Engine Prov Export

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Taverna-prov is a plugin for the Taverna Workbench and Taverna Command Line – a scientific workflow engine. The plugin allows the export of the provenance of a workflow run according to the W3C PROV-O standard. The provenance is exported as a file  which species a structured ZIP file with a manifest (.ro/manifest.json) that corresponds to the RO bundle specification. The following… Read more »

Posted by & filed under . is a commercial application developed and released by digital science. The goal of the application is to support the academic researcher in managing collections of content that relate to projects or studies. A key feature of projects is a timeline that displays a trace of the provenance for a project as a series of… Read more »

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myExperiment provides an early example of the use of Research Objects through the use of “packs”. myExperiment packs are represented using OAI-ORE and available as linked data and hence semantically-described for ease of discovery and reuse. They typically contain computational workflows, although this is not essential – the bundles are useful anyway, and this is… Read more »


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Dockers is essentially two things A twenty first century version of make (using Dockerfiles),  a virtualisation solution (using the Docker Engine and Docker Images).  “Dockerfiles” are used to describe how to package up or “Dockerize” almost any linux-based application, describing things like dependencies, what system resources are needed (e.g. ports), and how to run the… Read more »

Dataset Descriptions: HCLS Community Profile

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Access to consistent, high-quality metadata is critical to finding, understanding, and reusing scientific data. The Dataset Descriptions specification describes a consensus among participating stakeholders in health care and the life sciences domain on the description of datasets using the Resource Description Framework (RDF). The reuses existing vocabularies to that extent that it is possible, and… Read more »

RO Bundle (Zip)

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The RO Bundle specification defines a file format for storage and distribution of Research Objects as a ZIP archive; called a Research Object Bundle (RO Bundle). RO Bundles allow capturing a Research Object to a single file or byte-stream by including its manifest, annotations and some or all of its aggregated resources for the purposes of exporting, archiving, publishing and… Read more »