Challenges in Creating a Sustainable Generic Research Data Infrastructure
ISSN der Zeitschrift
Softwaretechnik-Trends: Vol. 37, No. 2
4th Collaborative Workshop on Evolution and Maintenance of Long-Living Software Systems (EMLS’17)
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Fachgruppe PARS
Research data management is of the utmost importance in a world where research data is created with an ever increasing amount and rate and with a high variety across all scientific disciplines. This paper especially discusses software engineering challenges stemming from creating a long-living software system. It aims at providing a reference implementation for a federated research data infrastructure including interconnected individual repositories for communities and an overarching search based on metadata. The challenges involve a high variety of evolving requirements, the management and development of the distributed and federated infrastructure that are based on exist- ing components, the piloting within the use cases, the efficient training of users, and how to enable the future sustainable operation.