Engaging Researchers in Data Management with LabTablet, an Electronic Laboratory Notebook
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.
KeywordsField Trip Research Domain Laboratory Notebook Metadata Record Data Preservation
Project SIBILA-Towards Smart Interacting Blocks that Improve Learned Advice, reference NORTE-07-0124-FEDER000059, funded by the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (ON.2-O Novo Norte), under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and by national funds, through the Portuguese funding agency, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). João Rocha da Silva is also supported by research grant SFRH/BD/77092/2011, provided by the Portuguese funding agency, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).
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