The Data Conservancy (DC) has been researching and developing software based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles – consistent with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model – aimed at providing a robust technology platform that supports the preservation, re-use, and discovery of data. The first versions of the Data Conservancy Service (DCS) and Reference User Interface (Reference UI) have been launched and are now available for download.
DCS version 1.1.0-alpha is software designed with explicit support for storing, archiving, preserving, and curating scientific research data. Reference UI version 1.1.0-alpha is a web-based UI designed to meet the needs of data managers at Johns Hopkins University and partner Data Conservancy institutions, and will support basic features pertaining to data management and leverage the capabilities of DCS. While the ultimate goal of DC is for scientists of all disciplines to use the DCS and Reference UI to curate scientific research data, this software release is one small step towards that ambitious objective.
DCS and Reference UI Version 1.1.0-alpha Features
- Robust ingest framework
- Query interface
- Archival store abstraction over the Fedora Repository
- HTTP APIs supporting ingest, query, and retrieval of data
- Browser-based user interface
DC is working to provide the best data curation and management software possible; however, there are some feature limitations associated with an alpha release. The DCS version 1.1.0-alpha does not include a preservation service, nor can DC guarantee compatibility with a newer version. The most problematic manifestations of this limitation could be incompatibility of future APIs and data models, and the inability to migrate data deposited into the DCS from this release to the next.
These features will be available in future releases. DC is focused on releasing new software twice a year. The next release is scheduled to be available for download by March 2013 and will contain significant technical improvements.
Before downloading the software, we strongly suggest that you read all documentation provided here. At this time, DC is not able to provide comprehensive user support; however, these documents outline the technical and system resources necessary to install and configure the software, and provide clear-cut details of the content included in the software download. If you still need help or would like to provide DC with user feedback, please contact DC and best effort support will be provided.
Access to the Data Conservancy software is unrestricted, but users are encouraged to register.
Registered users will receive e-mail notification about any product changes.
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