Packaging research artefacts with RO-Crate

In DataPLANT a working group formed to define a specification of an outline and packaging of research data and its context. This group worked on the specification of the Annotated Research Context (ARC) which will get finalized for the version 1.0 at the upcoming ARC hackathon beginning of September. This aligns well with the proclaimed objectives of DataPLANT regarding to the goals of research data management (RDM). The ARC builds on and implements existing standards like ISA for administrative and experimental metadata and CWL for analysis and workflow metadata. They are designed to represent digital objects that fulfill all FAIR principles and are therefore referred to as FAIR Digital Objects (FDO).

For its internal structure the ARC is modeled to fulfill the requirements of the Research Object Crate (RO-Crate), an open, community-driven, and lightweight approach to packaging research artefacts along with their necessary metadata and reproduction context in a machine readable manner. The RO-Crate is based on annotations in JSON-LD. It primarily aims at establishing best practices to formally describe metadata in an accessible and practical way for their use for a large number of scientific communities.

Following a similar concept like the ARC RO-Crate is a structured archive of all the items that contributed to research results, including their provenance, relations, annotations and various identifiers for data, tools and workflows. RO-Crate is meant to be discipline agnostic and thus being used across multiple areas, including bioinformatics, digital humanities and further domains. Colleagues active in DataPLANT contributed to a paper on RO-Crate "Packaging research artefacts with RO-Crate" which just got published as a workshop outcome at

ARC-Hackathon ahead


DataPLANT presented in a NFDI special edition of "Bausteine FDM"

We are pleased to draw your attention to the new issue of the Open Access journal "Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement". In this special issue, various consortia of the first round in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) are presented. In cooperation with the Board of Directors of the NFDI, a booklet has been created in which consortia from the various disciplines introduce themselves and describe the tasks and challenges in the field of research data management. All contributions are available online, the contribution on DataPLANT is linked here.

The online journal "Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement" is aimed at practitioners who want to share concrete experiences with the management of research data and recommendations for action derived from them. The publication is a result of the DINI/nestor WG "Research Data", which aims, among other things, to improve the networking of the German research data landscape. "Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement" therefore aims to promote exchange and discussion on the topic. 

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Special issue on the NFDI

DataPLANT Article

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