Research Data Management Platform (GakuNin RDM)

GakuNin RDM, our research data management platform, provides an environment within which individual researchers or research groups can manage their research data and relevant files during a research project. It works in a closed setting where files can be version and access controlled among project members. File modifications will be tracked and long-term preservation will be provided for research integrity purposes. Researchers affiliated with GakuNin-member research institutions in Japan can use the platform with Shibboleth single sign-on settings. RDM stands for "research data management," and is increasingly required in the context of Open Science in recent years.

GakuNin RDM is based on Open Science Framework (OSF) customized to the needs of the Japanese research community. OSF is an open-source software for managing research data developed and provided by the Center for Open Science (COS), which is a nonprofit US organization. Whereas the original version of OSF enables researchers to publish research outputs through simple actions, GakuNin RDM will not publish files unless a researcher deliberately copies them to the repository platform (WEKO3) and specifically releases them for publication. By linking the GakuNin RDM to GakuNin service at NII, the Sibboleth single sign-on is enabled.

In recent years, with rising security incidents on information systems, system engineers, database administrators, and researchers in academic institutions are being forced to spend increasing amounts of time and effort on system operation and maintenance. By supporting the security layer, GakuNin RDM allows researchers to concentrate on their academic work and, at the same time, reduces the workloads and costs imposed on system administrators.

In addition, GakuNin RDM offers secure storage for Japanese researchers. With the expansion of joint research projects involving researchers from multiple institutions in different countries, it has become increasingly popular to use free online storages offered by external public clouds. However, the use of such services should be avoided because research materials can easily become scattered and/or lost, and there is also no guarantee for long-term preservation. The contents in the GakuNin RDM are stored in storage areas provided by the academic institutions of each user. If the institution provides multiple storage spaces, the user will be able to choose from the storage areas available when saving files on GakuNin RDM. RCOS cooperates with the ICT centers across Japanese academic institutions to provide customized services to each institution.

On top of the common framework, plug-ins developed by users will be shared so that users have wide range of tools to meet their specific needs.