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Case Studies for Curation of Biological Research Images, Video and Associated Data

This is the main page for information about the Image Store Project, part of the DCC SCARP project, investigating feasibility, requirements and strategies for curation of images, videos and associated data used in biological research within the Zoology Department and the Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford.

Quick links... Relation:ProjectPlan::The ImageStore Project Plan || About the ImageStore Case Studies || Sheer Curation (Wikipedia article)


About the Project

The purpose of this project, within the overall aims of the JISC-funded DCC SCARP project, is to determine the requirements for effective curation of scientific research images, video and associated data from the biological domain, to enable both long-term preservation and digital re-use for meta-research and teaching.

The project is working on four case studies involving separate research groups within the Zoology and Pathology departments at Oxford University, where there is a real desire to provide support for the curation of a valuable body of research artefacts. Find out more about the case studies.

The case studies are being undertaken by Alistair Miles of the STFC Rutherford Laboratory e-Science Department, under the local supervision of Dr David Shotton, within the Image Bioinformatics Research Group of Oxford University, the only research laboratory in the country dedicated to image bioinformatics that is embedded within a biological research department.

The initial two-page project proposal is available here. Please see the project plan for an up-to-date overview of the project.


Presentation at Defining Image Access Final Project Meeting (2007-06-22)

Alistair gave an introduction to the DCC SCARP project and the ImageStore case studies to the final meeting of the JISC-funded Defining Image Access project. The presentation goes into some detail about using the OAIS reference model and the Producer-Archive Methodology Abstract Standard as a foundation for the case study approach, and about the differences between post hoc preservation versus sheer curation. Download the presentation [pdf].

Initial Meeting with Professor Keith Gull (2007-06-20)

Alistair and David met with Professor Keith Gull of the Dunn School of Pathology, to find out more about his collections of electron micrographs and tomographs of Trypanosomes, the causative agent of sleeping sickness.

Presentation at e-Science North West / Digital Curation Centre Workshop (2007-06-14)

Alistair gave an introduction to the DCC SCARP project and the ImageStore case studies to a joint meeting of e-Science North West and the Digital Curation Centre. Download the presentation [pdf].

Reuse Case Meeting with WildCRU (2007-06-06)

Alistair met with Dr Sandra Baker, Dr Stephen Ellwood and Hannah Dugdale of WildCRU to elicit requirements for reuse of videos of animal behaviour held by the group.

Initial Meeting with Behavioural Ecology Research Group (2007-05-25)

David and Alistair visited Prof Alex Kacelnik to investigate a possible case study involving video footage of tool use in crows.

Initial Project Plan (2007-05-24)

A first version of The ImageStore Project Plan is up, including an overview of the approach we intend to take towards preservation requirements analysis, and the reports we intend to deliver.

Initial Meeting with the Cell & Developmental Biology Research Group (2007-05-24)

David, Graham and Alistair met with Dr Helen White-Cooper of the Cell & Developmental Biology research group within the Zoology Department of Oxford University. Dr White-Cooper has built up a substantial archive of images of in-situ gene expression in the testes of Drosophila (fruit flies).

Initial Meeting with WildCRU (2007-05-17)

David and Alistair visited Dr Sandra Baker and Dr Stephen Ellwood of WildCRU, to learn more about WildCRU's archive of video footage from studies of badgers in Wytham Wood.


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