Gateway to Research – activities for early 2013

This blog post is intended to set the scene for the Gateway to Research project’s focus over the next few months. It covers:

Next system and data release
Persistent IDs
API access and development;
JISC Project – Gateway for HEIs.

Next system and data release

The December go-live of GtR was with a static dataset, and although we are working on routine updating of all data, this will not be possible for a few months yet. We intend to release the next version of GtR in early February, and this will include a fresh dataset. If you contributed data to MRC’s recent ResearchFish data collection or have entered data onto the Research Outcomes System (ROS) before 31 January this should be reflected in the new release. We also hope to address some of the gaps identified in the original dataset, and improve the quality of the user experience.

Persistent IDs

The team is also designing a mapping solution to persist what we consider to be the most important IDs:
• Organisation;
• Person;
• Project.
This should be completed by the time of the data refresh, in early February.

API access and development

The first GtR hack event is planned for 14/15 March at the Open Data Institute. This will be an invitation only event, designed to test drive the APIs and help us improve them. There are two APIs being developed for this event, a CERIF one (using the CERIF XML Schema 1.5.1 http://www.eurocris.org/Uploads/Web%20pages/CERIF-1.5/CERIF_1.5_1.xsd) and a bespoke GTR XML Schema built around the current GTR web application. Further iterations of both will be made publicly accessible as soon as possible.

The two APIs will provide data in both XML and JSON formats.

A further hack event will take place later in the year aimed at demonstrating innovative uses for the GtR dataset.

Regarding the current situation, we are in the process of creating documentation with examples for the early rudimentary CERIF and GTR APIs. Note also that:

• We are developing a search interface for both CERIF/GTR APIs;
• Both are REST based;
• Output is XML or JSON;
• You will need some understanding of CERIF to traverse the CERIF API.

A number of organisations have contacted us about getting data using them and wanting to work closely with the GTR, but we are unable to promise exclusive access to any organisation. However, we will try and keep all interested parties informed of progress through the blog and other communications channels.

Looking further forward, we also hope to develop an OAI-PMH interface and SPARQL/RDF interface – but that will be towards the latter half of 2013.

JISC Project – Gateway for HEIs.

JISC have funded a project that will be to aiming to use GtR to improve the information exchange between HEIs and the Research Councils. The project is at an early stage in examining Use Cases that will form the basis for the work and more information on the project is available here: http://g4he.wordpress.com/

4 Responses to Gateway to Research – activities for early 2013

  1. J.Chang January 25, 2013 at 10:14 #

    What is Gateway to Research, though?

  2. Christopher Gutteridge January 28, 2013 at 16:33 #

    “You will need some understanding of CERIF to traverse the CERIF API.”

    I’ve not yet managed to find a “getting started consuming CERIF” document — it’s all a bit baffling if you’re not up to speed with it.

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