On 27.09.2019 the semi-annual meeting of the RDMO project took place in Berlin. There were intensive discussions on the topic of sustainability and the further development of RDMO. In addition, the final details for the next RDMO User Meeting in Darmstadt were clarified.
This year’s RDMO User Meeting takes place on 07.10.2019 at the ULB Darmstadt. Students “Data Stewardship” of the TU Vienna have developed some prototypes, mappings and examples regarding the export of machine-actionable data management plans from an RDMO instance according to the RDA-Standard for maDMPs. More information can be found here. These developments are part of the RDMO project’s efforts to make DMPs created with RDMO interoperable with the maDMP standard. In addition, the new RDMO version 0.14.6 is available (small changes, bugfix).
Last month we found and fixed some minor bugs in RDMO. Especially the installation process didn’t work anymore due to an update of a library we used. The changes are contained in the new version 0.14.5 on Github, which can be installed as usual.
We repaired the DCC question catalog whose import did not work correctly. You can find the updated version on GitHub. It contains ten new attributes that have been added to the domain model. Therefore, you should import the domain model first before importing the DCC-catalog. The current XML file can be imported without any preparatory steps. Already imported data is retained and only the missing ten entries are added. Furthermore, there is another method to install RDMO or to try it out quickly. You can find on GitHub a version of RDMO that is packaged in Docker Compose. We would be happy to receive suggestions to further improve this RDMO installation method. Olaf Michaelis will take parental leave from the beginning of July until the beginning of October. Of course, we will continue to support and develop RDMO during the three months of his absence, however, with less personnel.
RDMO version 0.14.4 (bug fixes) is now available. Problems caused by the switch to Django2 and Python3 should now be fixed. An update is highly recommended, as Python2 will not be supported for long. In May the kick-off of the project “Management of Molecular Data in the Research Data Life Cycle” (MaMoDaR), a cooperation of FH Potsdam and Robert Koch Institute, took place at FHP and the IPK Gatersleben transferred RDMO as a research data management tool from the test phase to the productive phase. If you are planning RDM training courses using RDMO, please let us know the dates, then we can promote them (e.g. Twitter, Newsletter). We would also be happy to receive your feedback and experience reports from the training courses or training materials.
The new version 0.14 is released. The biggest changes are the conversion to Django 2.2 and Python 3 (from this version on RDMO doesn’t work with Python 2 anymore!) and the revision of the API and an extension of write access. Starting from Django 2.1 onwards, older versions of MySQL and PostgreSQL are no longer supported. Please check the Django release notes before updating to avoid surprises. In addition, a platform for the exchange of questionnaires will be created. You can send us questionnaires that you would like to share.
The new RDMO version 0.13 is released. The biggest innovation is the revision of the multilingualism. RDMO can now be used with up to 5 languages. An instance in English only is also possible. RDMO was represented at two events this month: an RDMO Hands-On Lab took place at the 7th Bibliothekskongress 2019 (Leipzig) and during the eScience Days 2019 in Heidelberg RDMO was present with a poster, a demo table, and a lightning talk.
In February the regular meeting of the RDMO project group took place in Berlin. There were intensive discussions on sustainability. It was decided to organise an RDMO user meeting at the ULB Darmstadt on 07.10.2019. The RDMO project was represented with a poster at the RDA Germany conference.
We release Version 0.12.0 of RDMO with improved error handling, a button for the URI prefix and the possibility to delete user profiles. Two new Screencasts have been released. We collect now question catalogs and views. Janine Straka from the RMDO team will be on maternity leave from February and then on parental leave. From March on, Ulrike Wuttke will take over the substitution.
It is now clear that Jochen Klar will leave the AIP, but will continue to work closely with the RDMO team in the future. More screencasts are in preparation.
We release version 0.11.0 of RDMO with the new data model. With the new structure it will be possible to easily create your own question catalogs and at the same time to use the domain model of the whole RDMO community to reuse views, question catalogs, etc. We have also revised our documentation and added the new work steps.
In addition, we have removed the subsections of the question catalog and redesigned the question sets so that they now always correspond to a page in the interview, have their own title and appear in the small overview on the page. We were a guest at the Open Science Forum in Luxembourg and gave a lecture on data management in the Digital Humanities. RDMO was also used in a hands-on session. The materials are published on Zenodo. We also published a first screencast on our website. More screencasts will follow soon.
At the beginning of September the first bigger Community-Meeting took place at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a lot of discussions. Here is a German report of the meeting: http://www.forschungsdaten.org/index.php/Erstes_Community-Treffen Mid-September we were at the Library of Dresden, where RDMO is quite new. At the end of September we had our second meeting of the project members in Karlsruhe and agreed on the following plan of main features:
In August weprepaired the first and big Community Meeting of RDMO which will take place at the University Duisburg-Essen. We have created a set of topical slides which was asked for and which you are allowed to re-use and adapt. Moreover, the next meeting of the project members will be in September.
In July we decided, based on discussions with the community, to evolve a restricted multi-clientcapability in RDMO, but expected not before next year. We were working very hard on the refractoring of our data model and we will report about it soon. Moreover, there are now two movies about what RDMO, which you can re-use.
In June we added submenues to our website to achieve a clear arrangement, for example we added the topic Data protection(/en/protection). There is now a Quick tutorial for the import and export available: http://www.forschungsdaten.org/index.php/Import_Export . At the 13th of June we gave a talk about RDMO at the 107th Bibliothekartag.
On 8th and 9th of February, the current and new members of the RDMO project team came together for the kickoff-meeting of the second phase of the RDMO project at the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
After a short introduction, we got down to business and assmbled our work plan for the next 6 months:
We welcome our new team members Kerstin Vanessa Wedlich (KIT) and Olaf Michaelis (AIP). While Kerstin will work on the integration of RDMO into forschungsdaten.info, Olaf will delevelop the RDMO codebase further and help the technical support.
A new questionaire for the Switzer National Fonds (SNF) was created and can be obtained on GitHub.