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It’s now possible to deposit datasets directly from the RSpace ELN to Dataverse repositories

Dataverse and Research Space are pleased to announce an integration of the RSpace electronic lab notebook with Dataverse. This integration, described in the following brief video, enables researchers to deposit datasets directly from RSpace to any Dataverse.

By capturing lab data electronically in the RSpace ELN, and providing a simple deposit interface to Dataverse, we hope to make Dataverse more accessible to researchers, to foster a greater number of submissions, and to streamline the process of making datasets publicly available. Further curation can then be performed by data archivists using the full feature set of the Dataverse repository.

The growth in usage of both electronic lab notebooks and data repositories brings with it the need for the two kinds of digital environments to talk to each other. Researchers can now take advantage of RSpace to collect, share and organize research data, and directly deposit datasets of any complexity, including multiple documents in any format that can be structured in folders, and links to attachments, directly into Dataverse. The researcher’s ORCID id can be included as part of the export.

The integration enables researchers to take full advantage of Dataverse’s innovative approach to making datasets accessible and useful. Datasets archived in Dataverse can take advantage of persistent identifiers, automatically generated citations, robust metadata, and summary statistics and analysis for tabular files. Researchers depositing datasets into the Dataverse are offered tools allowing them to self-curate content deposited in the repository, with expanded curation services to be available in the near future.

The RSpace – Dataverse integration will be presented at the Dataverse Community call taking place on December 6 at 12 pm EST.

To learn more about the features of the Dataverse Project, visit To learn more about the features of RSpace, visit

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Repository Fringe 2016

Rory Macneil, ResearchSpace Chief Executive, spoke jointly at Repofringe 2016 with Angus Whyte of the DCC and Stuart Lewis of the University of Edinburgh Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland Dates: 1st - 2nd August 2016 Title: Paving the Way to Open and Interoperable Research…

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Some productivity tips (2)

In my previous post I wrote about the use of Copying in RSpace to generate new content from old content. In this and subsequent posts, I'll cover Forms, Templates and Snippets. All of these have their uses, but it's not…

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Some productivity tips (1)

One of the advantages of using an ELN is being able to create content quickly and accurately. Many times we are following a protocol, that varies but slightly from one experiment to another. Alternatively, we might have some images or diagrams, such as cloning vector diagrams, that we want to reuse between different unrelated experiments.

RSpace offers multiple ways to reuse content – snippets, templates, forms and copying. This is flexible, but can be confusing if you’re new to RSpace. In this and subsequent posts, I’ll cover some of these features, so you can choose those that suit your work best.

We’ll start off with the simplest approach – simply copying whole documents. If you’re in the Workspace, you can select one or more notebooks, documents and folders, then click the ‘Copy’ button which appears. Everything that’s copied will be completely separate from the original – including diagrams, sketches, attachments and images. If you copy a folder, then all subfolders and their contents will also be copied.

If you’re editing a document, there is a ‘Save’ option that combines ‘Save’ with making a new copy. This is called ‘Save and Clone’. In this case, the document will be saved, a complete copy made, and the new copy opened for editing.

Here’s a summary of what we’ve covered:

Technique Useful for
Copy whole document
  • Bulk copying operations of multiple documents.
  • Copying simple, single-text field documents.
  • When you only want to make a few changes to the document once copied.
  • When you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for a more advanced technique.
Save & clone
  • When you’re creating a series of similar documents in one session.

In the next post, we’ll cover Forms, which are a great way to standardise document structure within a group, or just for personal use.

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Educause Conference 2015

Rory Macneil, ResearchSpace Chief Executive, spoke at the Educause Conference on October 29th, 2015 Venue: Indianapolis, Indiana – Dates: 27th – 30th October Session: Drivers and Responses toward Research Data Management Maturity: Transatlantic Perspectives Session slides can be viewed here

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