Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Web Observatory: Applying Lessons from the Web to Transform the Research Data Ecosystem

Price, S. et al. (2017) Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Web Observatory: Applying Lessons from the Web to Transform the Research Data Ecosystem. In: 26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, Perth, Australia, 3-7 Apr 2017, pp. 1665-1667. ISBN 9781450349147 (doi:10.1145/3041021.3051691)

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The ongoing growth in research data publication supports global intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research collaboration but the current generation of archive-centric research data repositories do not address some of the key practical obstacles to research data sharing and re-use, specifically: discovering relevant data on a global scale is time-consuming; sharing `live' and streaming data is non-trivial; managing secure access to sensitive data is overly complicated; and, researchers are not guaranteed attribution for re-use of their own research data. These issues are keenly felt in an international network like the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) as it seeks to address major global challenges. In this paper we outline the WUN Web Observatory project's plan to overcome these obstacles and, given that these obstacles are not unique to WUN, we also propose an ambitious, longer-term route to their solution at Web-scale by applying lessons from the Web itself.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessels, Professor Bridgette
Authors: Price, S., Denemark, D., Groflin, A., Loader, B., Schmidt, M., Billings, M., Spanakis, G., Suleman, H., Tsoi, K., Wessels, B., Xu, J., Hall, W., Birkin, M., Earl, G., Tiropanis, T., Tinati, R., Wang, X., Gandolfi, E., Gatewood, J., and Boateng, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2)
First Published:First published in Proceedings of 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion 1665-1667
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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