UKOLN Informatics

Expertise in digital information management

Monica Duke

As an Institutional Support Officer at the Digital Curation Centre, between 2011 and 2015, Monica Duke advised Higher Education institutions in the United Kingdom on research data management, including policy and strategy. In this role she participated in meetings at individual institutions, helping to develop their data management policies, facilitated national meetings particularly within the Jisc Managing Research Data Programme community, gave presentations and wrote about research data management. She has a particular interest in the tools available to help with data management planning, data repositories, digital identifiers and metadata, data citation, data discovery and re-use, impact and engagement, which all follow on from her experience built during previous projects.

The DCC How To Guide on Data Citation, written with Alex Ball, was one of the most-downloaded resources at the DCC since its publication in October 2011. Her introductory level article on personalization in Ariadne 28, "Personalization of Web Services: Opportunities and Challenges"  featured in the top 10 search results in Google for 'personalization' for at least 10 years after publication.

Between August 2010 and September 2011 she managed the SageCite and Patients Participate! projects. As project manager she was responsible for the timely delivery of the project deliverables, project communication and dissemination. She also contributed to several of the work packages. SageCite investigated data citation for bionetwork models with Sage Bionetworks and the Taverna Team at Manchester. During this time she built up expertise on data citation, attending several international meetings and was co-author of two DCC guides. Patients Participate! conducted a feasibility study into the use of crowd-sourced methods for writing lay summaries of medical research. She obtained expertise in citizen science approaches and public engagement with science.

During this time she was also part of the team that delivered the Microsoft Community Capability Model Framework project, which developed the ideas in Jim Gray's Fourth Paradigm on data intensive research. Her contributions focused on data intensive science and research in biological and health domains, open research, citizen science and data publications.

Previously, she provided software development support for UKOLN's activities in the areas of resource discovery on the Internet, working within the Software and Systems team. This meant that she worked with the latest Internet technologies and standards for supporting the description, retrieval and delivery of information on the World Wide Web, such as the XML-related family of standards (e.g. XSLT, SOAP), OAI-PMH and RDF. She wrote software and web applications (mainly using Perl and Java) to demonstrate the use of these standards to achieve interoperability, as well as investigating and re-using existing tools and architectures.

She was a developer on the REPUK project (an aggregation service for OAI-PMH repositories in the UK) between 2008 and 2010. During this time she also worked on a BECTA report on digital identifiers

From 2003 to 2007 she worked mainly on the eBank UK project, demonstraing an OAI-PMH aggregator service in collaboration with project partners at the University of Southampton. EBank UK was an innovative project where she gained her first experience of data repositories, data linking and citation. The project partners at Southampton developed an instance of ePrints adapted to store crystallography data. Within the project they investigated the use of metadata schemas to describe the data sets and explored issues around modelling complex objects (data sets) within repository infrastructures, and the use of DOI identifiers to cite data.

She previously formed part of the team which maintained and developed the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), prior to its re-launch as Intute. In 2005 she evaluated the use of WSRP for the delivery of portal content, within the RDN and on the short-term JISC-funded GroupLog project.

In parallel to the technical work, she supported communication and project management activities at UKOLN, assisting in responding to queries from RDN users as well as reporting to funders, disseminating project outcomes (by giving presentations and publications) and maintaining project web sites. She gave an invited tutorial at the OAI3 Workshop at CERN in Geneva in February 2004. An updated version was delivered at the 15th Hellenic Academic Libraries conference in November 2006. She maintained sections of the JISC standards catalogue.

Monica joined UKOLN in June 2000 and from then until August 2003, she worked mainly on the IMesh Toolkit Project, developing tools for subject gateways, and developing a special interest in the topic of personalization. She was involved in a short term project developing an Ontology Server for Agentcities.net from September 2002 until February 2003.

During this period she helped to maintain the Public Library People directory, an LDAP-based directory of contact information for UK public library staff and was involved in developing a similar service for the Metadata for Education Group (MEG).

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