The DataONE ITK tool 'DataUp' is to merge with the University of California (UC) data sharing platform 'Dash'.
Dash is a UC-wide project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and share their research data publicly. Because of the similar functionality to DataUp the two projects will merge enable better support for our users.
The new service will be an instance of the UC Dash platform, connected to the DataONE repository ONEShare. Previously the only way to deposit datasets into ONEShare was via the DataUp interface, thereby limiting deposits to spreadsheets. With the Dash platform, this restriction is removed and any dataset type can be deposited. Users will be able to log in with their Google ID (other options being explored). There are no restrictions on who can use the service, and therefore no restrictions on who can deposit datasets into ONEShare, and the service will remain free. The ONEShare repository will continue to be supported by the University of New Mexico in partnership with CDL/UC3.
Development work will include implementing the DataONE-Dash service, including enabling login via Google and other identity providers, ensuring that metadata produced by Dash will meet the conditions of harvest by DataONE, and exploring the potential for implementing spreadsheet-specific functionality that existed in DataUp (e.g., the best practices check).
Benefits of the merge include:
- Leveraging work that UC3 has already completed on Dash, which has fully-implemented functionality similar to DataUp (upload, describe, get identifier, and share data).
- Continued existence of ONEShare as a repository for longtail/orphan datasets.
- Assignment of DOIs to datasets via EZID.
- Exposure of all data deposited via Dash into ONEShare via DataONE.
For more information and a list of FAQs about the change, see the California Digital Library blog.