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Heterogeneous Data Formats

Module by: Alex Voss. E-mail the author

Summary: Discusses issues with the existence of heterogeneous data formats in e-Research that can hinder data sharing and collaboration.

The existence of heterogeneous data formats can cause problems both for researchers and for service providers. A social scientist respondent remarked:

"it’s getting the stuff in a format that you actually know what to do with it." (researcher)
Another respondent lamented the lack of
“common data formats so that you don’t have to know a hundred data formats [...] there is a need for core data services which serve fairly raw data and also value added services [on] top of that, that package up the data in a way which could be more valuable for certain clients [...] you just get the data that you need in a format that you expect it." (researcher)
A member of information services discussed the problems of providing support for researchers working with very different datasets:
"I suppose the problem is that it's a complicated area, different people have data which is structured differently, and I suppose we’re grappling with whether you can give generic advice or if it's got to be discipline specific or if it's got to be indeed project specific." (information services staff)

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