Hi Stuart,

Yes, where I said "database" I should have said "relational database at first, but we might expand to other types later on" :)

Supporting researchers' digital sholarship is our unit's mission. By helping researchers build databases we hope to be a positive influence on the database design and help make sure the data is managed and preserved properly. As a service this is new for our institution. If this is indeed something new for libraries to offer, I should propose a talk for Code4Lib 2017, shouldn't I?

Thanks for your thoughts!


On 03-09-16 12:27, "Code for Libraries on behalf of Stuart A. Yeates" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:

    "Database" covers a multitude of sins.
    Relational databases (MySQL / Oracle / postgres / etc) are unlikely to be
    things that most libraries / librarians view as within their core
    professional mandate.
    Textual databases (which may or may not have an associated relational
    database driving certain aspects) are much closer to libraries cup of
    poison. This leads to things like and a world of other
    ...let us be heard from red core to black sky
    On Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 3:47 AM, Companjen, B.A. <
    [log in to unmask]> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I'm probably thinking about this too hard, but perhaps someone can shed a
    > different light on this so here goes :)
    > We are investigating if and how me and my colleagues at the university
    > library's Centre for Digital Scholarship, in cooperation with central IT,
    > should support researchers who want to present and possibly collaborate on
    > their research data on the web. In the past researchers received little to
    > no support and resorted to SharePoint (with support, but limited
    > possibilities) or setting up a website on a department server, paying an
    > external developer or putting a PhD student in charge. Some chose to use
    > another institution's project website, others may have used a home server.
    > I'm looking for examples of (university) libraries that provide support
    > for hosting websites centered around data(bases), hoping to get answers for
    > questions like:
    > ·         how do you collaborate with researcher and IT?
    > o    do you help build websites or just guide the researcher through the
    > IT department's offers?
    > o    do you collaborate closely with IT to provide this service?
    > ·         do you offer managed websites in which the researcher has some
    > degree of freedom to do anything she wants?
    > o    e.g. offer webhosting with a control panel like DirectAdmin/cPanel/…
    > access and 'package manager' like Installatron/Scriptalicious?
    > o    e.g. offer a small range of software packages like WordPress, Omeka,
    > MediaWiki, … and database management like phpMyAdmin or phpPgAdmin?
    > ·         what kind of support would you offer for researchers' existing
    > custom built websites and/or databases if the owner wants to transfer
    > control to the library?
    > Of course there won't be a single simple solution for all situations. For
    > database hosting with a web UI we looked at the Online Research Database
    > Service<>, but the University of Oxford are
    > phasing out the service and will stop supporting the (open source)
    > software. We are building an Islandora repository for various library
    > collections and in some cases it might serve as virtual research
    > environment too, but it isn't a natural fit for e.g. actively used
    > relational data.
    > Thanks for your help!
    > Ben
    > Ben Companjen
    > Digital Scholarship Librarian
    > Centre for Digital Scholarship, UBL
    > Universiteit Leiden
    > Witte Singel 26/27, kamer 025
    > Postbus 9500
    > 2300 RA Leiden
    > Telefoon +31 71 527 88 58
    > E-mail [log in to unmask]<mailto:b.a.
    > [log in to unmask]>