2010/3/1 Brian Westra <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm looking for information on tools for managing data in the research
> environment for the sciences (biology, chemistry, physiology, physics,
> etc.). Ideally this would be a tool or toolset that facilitates saving and
> organizing data as it is collected/generated, with the provision for some
> minimal set of metadata, but well before the data set is moved to an
> institutional repository (IR). Most of the resources I've been able to
> locate are focused on IR applications, which are not optimized to the
> application I need.
> If you are aware of any projects that might fall into this category, or if
> you want more details, please let me know.
A couple of our projects that might be worth a look:
SPECTRa (http://sourceforge.net/projects/spectra-chem), for bundling
files together and associating metadata in preparation for deposit
into some repo (SPECTRa was pre-SWORD and ORE, but only a little work
would be needed to write plugins for either).
The CLARION project (http://clarionproject.wordpress.com/) is running
now, with current work on EmMa (an Embargo Manager), that grabs data
from various sources (in our case ranging from
processed-but-insufficiently-described data to records from Electronic
Lab Notebooks), allows the addition of some minimal metadata, and then
restricts access (to other systems) to the data until embargo
conditions are met.