Sustainable Management Of Digital Music Research Data

JISC Managing Research Data programme launch - Day 2

I summarised the most interesting points raised on the first day of the JISC Managing Research Data programme launch event in a previous post. I will continue here with the second day. First, we tried to identify the benefits our project is likely going to produce in a group exercise. Then, we had a chance to split up into smaller groups for more specific discussions about different areas of interest.

JISC Managing Research Data programme launch - Day 1

On December 1-2, 2011 the launch workshop for the JISC Managing Research Data programme 2011-2013 took place at the National College for School Leadership, in the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. All projects were invited to the event with two delegates. Chris Cannam and myself participated to the event, which has been a good opportunity to meet people from other projects (mainly DataFlow) with longer experience in data management.

Summary of the first block of interviews - part 2

Our third interview was with Dan Stowell, a postdoc researcher who completed his PhD at C4DM last year. Dan's interests are very wide, ranging from bird songs to automatic music analysis and generation. He is also the main contributor to the C4DM internal datasets server, and appears to be the only one creating readme.txt files that describe the datasets.

Summary of the first block of interviews - part 1

Last week, following our plans to survey the data assets of C4DM, we started interviewing our colleagues. Before meeting them in person, we sent them the pre-interview questionnaire. Someone sent us back his answers, which we then discussed during the interview. From the interviews, we found out that there are public datasets published in locations we didn't know about. We also got valuable suggestions regarding the features people would like to have in the data management system we will try to build, and how it would be included in their workflow. Two interviews are summarised here, more will follow.

A day at the DCC Roadshow in Cambridge

I have been to the third day of the DCC Roadshow in Cambridge last Friday. My main goal was to learn a bit more about DSpace by looking at some examples from the DSpace@Cambridge team. Although the examples only covered the last 20 minutes of the workshop, I had a chance to listen to some other interesting presentations about data management.

Data Asset Framework - Interviews

As we wrote in the previous blog post, the first step in the Data Asset Framework consisted in the survey of C4DM publications and data assets already available online. The analysis of publications gave us an idea of the people in the group that are more involved with the research data production and management. Following the indications from the DAF implementation guide, we will start by interviewing them, and use the so-called "snowball" approach of asking the interviewees to suggests the colleagues that should be interviewed next.

Digital Assets Management software comparison: pros and cons

We started looking at some freely available Digital Assets Management (DAM) software, which we are planning to use in the development of the Data Management System for C4DM. An good source of information in this respect is Our requirements are: OpenSource, free, easily extensible to adapt to our needs, widely used and actively maintained, supporting versioning of data. The possibility to integrate it into the Sound Software project would also be a desirable feature.

Audit of data already published by C4DM

As part of the proposed work plan (WP1.1 - Audit of data already published by C4DM), in the past weeks we looked at data sets that have already been published by people at C4DM. To do that, we looked at the group's official data outputs on the web (,, and we also screened the publications produced by the researchers in the group. To limit the scope of the data assets analysis, we focused on the most recent publications (2009-2011).

Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data Project started!

This is the first blog entry about our project. We are planning to keep you regularly informed about developments in our project. Please check this pages for updates!

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