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Freshwater Information Sharing Network (FISHNet)

FISHNet addresses data management requirements of a particular research community - freshwater biology. The project will develop, pilot and evaluate a data management infrastructure to address those requirements. The freshwater biology community is relatively small, but is highly dispersed; unlike other disciplines, there are no large freshwater biology university departments. Instead freshwater research is represented by small groups scattered across university departments, as well as in government agencies and industry. FISHNet will involve academic researchers at King's College London and also the broad and diverse freshwater research community. An important collaborator in the project is the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), a charity with very strong links with freshwater researchers in all sectors. The project will investigate data management solutions that address the needs of this research community as a whole, at the same time providing a model for other disciplines with similar issues.

Project information

Project Manager: Mark Hedges

Funded by: JISC

Partners: Freshwater biologists at King's College London, in collaboration with the Freshwater Biological Association

Project blog: http://www.fishnetonline.org/

Tags: Repositories, Digital Asset Management

Related projects: FISH.link, Kindura, CLIF, gMan, R4R, Bril, TEXTvre, CMES, MICE

Project outputs

Outputs of FISHNet will include:

  • A detailed analysis of freshwater researchers’ data, research practices and workflows;
  • A pilot infrastructure, implemented at the FBA and KCL that will be trialled by a broad range of freshwater biologists;
  • Architectural and technical documentation for the data management infrastructure, to facilitate its further enhancement both for the freshwater biology community and potentially for other disciplines;
  • A final report and case study.

 

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