At the review held after the first phase of UKRISS, it was agreed with Jisc the focus of phase 2 would be on modelling to support the reporting of research outcomes. The main objectives are to identify opportunities for harmonisation across the data collected by Research Outcomes System (ROS), Research Fish and the HEFCE HE-BCI survey, to document the differences between the various information requests and to define a core information profile of common fields together with supporting CERIF mappings and dictionaries of terms.
In order to demonstrate the validity of the models (including CERIF mappings and dictionaries) developed by the project and the feasibility of their being taken forward by the community, the team at Cottage Labs and Exeter will develop pre-beta quality software which will aim to validate the models by answering the following questions:
- Can the models be suitably populated from institutional systems? This will allow us to address whether the model is complete and sufficiently rich to represent the real data held and managed by institutions.
- Is the data in the model consistently applied and correct? That is, can the data, when held in the model, be validated as correct. Validation means more than just simple schema validation, but validation that the content of the fields themselves is appropriate. This will allow us to asses whether the model can be used consistently across many organisations, enabling the interchange of data.
- Can aggregates of the data in the model formats provide extra value? In aggregating the data can we enable more advanced usages of it? This would allow us to determine if the model has the right degree of granularity and ease of interpretation for uses outside of the organisations that create it.
In addition, the project will produce documentation which will assist potential adopters of the models in implementing and using them. This documentation will also provide support for the justifications that the project will make for its modelling decisions. You can read a more detailed outline of the technical work here.