The European Dataverse Workshop 2020 gathered over 70 representatives from European higher research and education institutions to discuss their knowledge about, expertise in, and experiences from developing and operating research data support services based on the open-source repository application Dataverse. The workshop also served as a venue for European higher research and education institutions still seeking advice and guidance on how to get started with research data management support services.
The workshop was held over two days, on January 23 and 24, 2020 at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In addition to an introduction to FAIR research data stewardship and the Dataverse application and user community, the following topics were discussed on day 1: general issues such as installation types, business models, repository policies and guidelines, Dataverse in a European context (e.g. GDPR, OpenAIRE, funder requirements and mandates, the European HE landscape). These issues were discussed based on presentations of case studies of European Dataverse deployments by different types of stakeholders, including national installations (DataverseNL and DataverseNO), institutional installation (University of Göttingen), domain-specific installation (INRAE), and European installation (SSHOC). Another perspective included in the program of day one was how researchers use Dataverse to share their research data.
Day 2 started with an open talk by Mercè Crosas from Harvard University about research data management support services at Harvard. After the open talk, there were three parallel workshop sessions, focusing on (1) technical topics, (2) organizational topics, and (3) configuration and workflows. In all three sessions, the participants explored and discussed how Dataverse can be deployed in a European context, and what features need to be adapted and improved in order for Dataverse to become an even more suitable research data repository solution for European researchers.
To ensure the representation of different European stakeholders as well as high-level expertise on the topics to be discussed, representatives from a number of European higher research and educations institutions as well as representatives from Harvard University were be invited to contribute to the workshop.The collaborative notes from the workshop are available here.
Philipp Conzett, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Leif Longva, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Stein Høydalsvik, UiT The Arctic University of Norway