A Farewell to VIDaaS, or, What VIDaaS Did Next

The VIDaaS Project is at an end. All that remains now is for the team to review the draft final report and then check that the JISC are happy with our conclusions and recommendations. Whilst the project may have ended … Continue reading

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The VIDaaS / DataFlow workshop, and the visibility of data management costs

Last Friday the UMF-funded VIDaaS and DataFlow Projects staged their joint workshop at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. For DataFlow it was a chance to officially launch their DataStage software, for us in VIDaaS it was a chance to publicly … Continue reading

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VIDaaS Project survey: creating research databases

The VIDaaS Project has just launched another survey, this time aimed at researchers (from all disciplines) who have been involved in setting up research databases – particularly relational ones. We hope that the information this provides will help us to … Continue reading

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VIDaaS/DataFlow workshop on the 2nd March

On Friday 2nd March the VIDaaS Project will be staging a joint workshop with our colleagues from the DataFlow Project at the Saïd Business School in Oxford. The day will run from 10:30 am until 5pm, and feature demonstrations of … Continue reading

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VIDaaS Project Update, 24th January 2012

After meeting our Project Steering Group for the final time yesterday, now seems like a good time to give a brief update of where VIDaaS is at, and what we’ll have in place when we go to service in April. … Continue reading

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Naming the ‘Online Research Database Service’

Just a quick announcement that the service name for the DaaS at the University of Oxford will be the ‘Online Research Database Service’, or ORDS for short. This was felt to be reasonably descriptive of what we’re offering whilst not … Continue reading

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International Data Curation Conference 2011

Maybe I’m just becoming increasingly specialised, but this year’s International Data Curation Conference seemed more varied than ever. Last year’s divide between delegates interested in improving library practices and delegates interested in supporting researchers was less in evidence, with research … Continue reading

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A four country data management action plan

The report “A sufboard for riding the wave: towards a four country action programme on research data” was published recently by the Knowledge Exchange (KE) and builds of the “Riding the wave” report. The KE is formed by partners from … Continue reading

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VIDaaS on tour – Copenhagen.

In mid-October VIDaaS continued its world publicity tour. Following on from its appearance at VMworld Las Vegas in September, it was the turn of VMworld Europe in Copenhagen. Participating in Europe’s biggest IT conference (with over 7000 delegates) was always … Continue reading

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Cloud Infrastructure news

The ‘VI’ part of the VIDaaS project is now well underway. Partnering with VMware and using loan hardware kindly supplied by Cisco and EMC (specifically, a UCS blade centre and a VNX 5100 SAN), an initial implementation of the Oxford … Continue reading

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