International Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies

Languages, Applications and Technologies pp 216-223 | Cite as

Engaging Researchers in Data Management with LabTablet, an Electronic Laboratory Notebook

  • Ricardo Carvalho Amorim
  • João Aguiar Castro
  • João Rocha da Silva
  • Cristina Ribeiro
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 563)

Abstract

Dealing with research data management can be a complex task, and recent guidelines prompt researchers to actively participate in this activity. Emergent research data platforms are proposing workflows to motivate researchers to take an active role in the management of their data. Other tools, such as electronic laboratory notebooks, can be embedded in the laboratory environment to ease the collection of valuable data and metadata as soon as it is available. This paper reports an extension of the previously developed LabTablet application to gather data and metadata for different research domains. Along with this extension, we present a case study from the social sciences, concerning the identification of the data description requirements for one of its domains. We argue that the LabTablet can be crucial to engage researchers in data organization and description. After starting the process, researchers can then manage their data in Dendro, a staging platform with stronger, collaborative management capabilities, which allows them to export their annotated datasets to selected research data repositories.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Carvalho Amorim
    • 1
  • João Aguiar Castro
    • 1
  • João Rocha da Silva
    • 1
  • Cristina Ribeiro
    • 1
  1. 1.INESC TEC–Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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