Support the management / exchange of research data between Japanese academic institutions across the country
NII developed GakuNin RDM in response to the Japanese government’s policy on science and technology, as well as the international trend towards open science. GakuNin’s RDM service supports researchers’ data management, from daily research activities in the laboratory to publicly funded research projects. The service not only enables employees to manage and share data between organizations, but can also be linked to various cloud services and research software.
From a different perspective, it is expected that GakuNin RDM suppresses processes that lead to research errors due to a trail management function for recording the operating history of the research data stored in the system. By preventing research misconduct prior to the publication of research results and as a starting point for the proper publication and discovery of research data, GakuNin RDM can aid the future development of open science.
In recent years, the importance of data has increased in both industry and academia. Proper management of research data is important to effectively conduct research projects and increase the transparency of the processes through which results are obtained. In addition, in today’s highly complex academic research, researchers must conduct interdisciplinary research and joint research between industry and science quickly and efficiently. As shown by the fact that Japan’s science and technology policy (Integrated Innovation Strategy 2020 * 2 of the Japanese Cabinet) aims such as “promoting advanced data management including the use of research data generated by publicly funded research activities”, the need for a nationwide research data platform has started to grow.
In order to meet these new academic requirements, the National Institute for Computer Science (NII) has been building a new service called GakuNin RDM since April 2017 to support the management of research data. The required functions were continuously expanded in the demonstration experiments started in January 2019, and on February 15, 2021, the comprehensive operation of GakuNin RDM for universities and research institutes began.
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With GakuNin RDM, research data can be quickly managed and shared by multiple researchers in different organizations. It can therefore not only be used for individual research activities, but also serve as a hub for joint research and can be used flexibly for research projects of various sizes and areas. In addition, it is highly scalable and can be linked to cloud storage and external tools that are commonly used by researchers. GakuNin RDM also participates in the Academic Access Management Federation in Japan (GakuNin) * 3, allowing users to log in to the same environment as usual and use the service while teleworking or on business trips.
GakuNin RDM has a trail management feature that uses timestamps from a third-party time authentication authority to prove that the data stored in a system existed at a particular point in time. This is a powerful feature from a research integrity perspective as well. For academic institutions, a centralized management of research data in a common infrastructure system can be expected to improve the data management of academic institutions. Institutions with GakuNin membership can easily introduce the service into their organization by requesting use and linking access management systems.
Figure 1 shows an example of several research groups using GakuNin RDM to manage and share research data. With GakuNin RDM, principal researchers can also manage the projects carried out by different groups in a list form.
About the Research Organization for Information and Systems (ROIS)
ROIS is a parent organization of four national institutes (National Institute for Polar Research, National Institute for Computer Science, Institute for Statistical Mathematics and National Institute for Genetics) and the Joint Support Center for Data Science Research. It is the mission of ROIS to promote integrated, cutting-edge research that goes beyond the barriers of these institutions and facilitates their research activities as members of inter-university research institutes.
About the National Institute for Computer Science (NII)
NII is Japan’s only academic research institute dedicated to the new discipline of computer science. Your mission is to “create future value” in computer science. The NII conducts both long-term basic and practical research into solving social problems in a variety of areas of computer science research, from basic theories to the newest topics such as artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things and information security.
As an inter-university research institute, the NII builds and operates an academic information infrastructure that is essential to the research and educational activities of the entire academic community (including the Science Information Network), as well as the development of services that enable the delivery of academic content on service platforms.
(* 1) Open Science Research Center and Data Platform: In response to the global dynamic towards open science, this research center was established within the NII in April 2017 to develop and operate an academic platform that could serve as the infrastructure for this platform open science. It is expected that through the wide exchange of scientific papers and research data in science and society and a wide range of research activities carried out openly, the research activities will be accelerated and problem solving based on close cooperation with society will be promoted. and that this will bring academic activity to a new dimension (open science).
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(* 2) Japanese Cabinet’s Integrated Innovation Strategy 2020:
(* 3) Academic Access Management Association in Japan (GakuNin): The Academic Access Management Federation in Japan is a federation composed of universities that use academic e-resources and the institutions, publishers, etc. that use these e- Provide resources. By trusting federal politics, the institutions can realize mutual cooperation with regard to access management.
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