Managing Research Data: Gravitational Waves

Gray, N. , Carozzi, T.D. and Woan, G. (2012) Managing Research Data: Gravitational Waves. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

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The project which led to this report was funded by JISC in 2010–2011 as part of its ‘Managing Research Data’ programme, to examine the way in which Big Science data is managed, and produce any recommendations which may be appropriate. Big science data is different: it comes in large volumes, and it is shared and exploited in ways which may differ from other disciplines. This project has explored these differences using as a case-study Gravitational Wave data generated by the LSC, and has produced recommendations intended to be useful variously to JISC, the funding council (STFC) and the LSC community. In Sect. 1 we define what we mean by ‘big science’, describe the overall data culture there, laying stress on how it necessarily or contingently differs from other disciplines. In Sect. 2 we discuss the benefits of a formal data-preservation strategy, and the cases for open data and for well-preserved data that follow from that. This leads to our recommendations that, in essence, funders should adopt rather light-touch prescriptions regarding data preservation planning: normal data management practice, in the areas under study, corresponds to notably good practice in most other areas, so that the only change we suggest is to make this planning more formal, which makes it more easily auditable, and more amenable to constructive criticism. In Sect. 3 we briefly discuss the LIGO data management plan, and pull together whatever information is available on the estimation of digital preservation costs. The report is informed, throughout, by the OAIS reference model for an open archive. Some of the report’s findings and conclusions were summarised in [1]. See the document history on page 37.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carozzi, Dr Tobia and Gray, Dr Norman and Woan, Professor Graham
Authors: Gray, N., Carozzi, T.D., and Woan, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Research Centre:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy > Institute for Gravitational Research
Publisher:University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
587341Managing Research Data Infrastructures in Big Science (MaRDI-Gross)Norman GrayJoint Information Systems Committee (JISC)DIINNAAP&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY