Tropical Data Hub - JCU's Research Data Repository
One of the eResearch Centre's goals is to build and improve systems that make it easier for researchers to meet their obligations under the Code of Responsible Conduct of Research. One of these systems is the Tropical Data Hub - JCU's Research Data Catalogue.
About the Tropical Data Hub
The Tropical Data Hub is a catalogue for research data produced by and/or held at James Cook University. There are already thousands of entries in this catalogue. Each catalogue entry, known as a metadata record, list information about what the data is, why it was collected, who collected it, who funded the research and the "where and when" the research is about. They also contain information about how to acquire a copy of the data. In some cases the data is available as open access and will be directly linked to by the records. In other cases, some restrictions may apply and you may be advised to contact the researcher to negotiate access.
Metadata records published in the Tropical Data Hub are harvested by Research Data Australia - the web portal to Australia's Research Data Commons.
How to get your data listed
The Tropical Data Hub has a portal for researchers where they can create metadata records for their research datasets. This portal is know as the Dashboard and can be accessed either via clicking on the Dashboard link in the top menu bar or going directly to http://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/dashboard.
If you are collecting data by automated means (eg you are generating experimental data via computer software or using sensors to collect data) or have a very large collection of existing data in a database, it may be possible to automate the process of creating metadata records for your datasets. Please contact the eResearch Centre for assistance.