PRIME: Publisher, Repository and Institutional Metadata Exchange - Ubiquity Press: Open Scholarship Archaeology Data Service JISC

PRIME is a one-year collaboration between the UCL Institute of Archaeology, the Archaeology Data ServiceUCL Library Services and Ubiquity Press, funded by the JISC. The project is piloting the automated exchange of metadata between publishers, subject-based and institutional repositories. PRIME will ensure that each stakeholder has a record of content relevant to them, even when the data itself is held elsewhere. The project is building upon the work of three other JISC-funded projects: DryadUK, REWARD, and SWORD-ARM. Through sharing metadata between systems and the use of the Journal of Open Archaeology Data, the project is both decreasing the burden on researchers to deposit data, and incentivising them with increased citation potential and discoverability. 

PRIME has particularly important benefits for the institutional repository, which is not necessarily well-suited to the curation and preservation of specialised data types. Research data is often deposited in subject repositories because they offer curatorial skills particular to that discipline, appropriate visualisations and access, and are frequently mandated by funders. PRIME aims to ensure that a record of such data is transferred to the institutional repository as well, so that it has a more complete record of the university’s outputs. This is particularly important in the context of the Research Exercise Framework and for helping the institution to raise its profile.   

PRIME is also receiving technical guidance from Symplectic, and also from Dryad and Figshare, who will also provide a formal evaluation of the project’s outcomes and sustainability plans.

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The PRIME project has started

PRIME officially started on November 1st, 2012 and will run for one year. We will be holding a half-day technical workshop to produce a draft metadata profile and development plan at UCL on November 14th . We will also be asking for volunteers for case studies in which a range of researchers will be tracked as they deposit archaeological research  data. More information about this will be disseminated soon - please contact Brian Hole if you would like to find out more in the meantime. More...

Published: Nov 13, 2012 7:31:39 PM


The number of data repositories in the UK has grown steadily due to consistent demand over the past decade, including both institutional [2] and subject-specific kinds [3]. Institutional repositories are vital for showcasing a university’s research outputs of all types [4], and being able to present a comprehensive overview of such outputs is of growing importance for exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) [5]...

Project templates, presentations and posters are available for viewing and download on our resources page. Please make use of whatever you find here, and contact us if you have any questions.

Brian Hole
PRIME Project Manager
Email: brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com

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