a cat photo taken on the last working day of year 2023
(photo taken on the last working day of 2023)

The year 2023 is a special year. The world started to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Old friendships are rekindled and new connections have been made. Our blog, however, has not been updated as frequently as we would like. To celebrate the Labor Day of 2024, nevertheless we at the depositar lab take this occasion to summarize below our works from the previous year (2023-01 – 2023-12).

Hosted Projects and Datasets

  • Throughout 2023, a total of 463 public datasets were created or updated at least once at the depositar, the research data repository we build and operate. Of those datasets, 348 were newly created datasets and 115 were updates to existing datasets.

  • About 300 projects are now hosted at the depositar.

System Upgrade and Enhancement

  • The system underlining the depositar (data.depositar.io) had been upgraded six times (from v6.5.8 to v6.6.2).

  • The Binder integration of the depositar with JupyterHub (and more) has been completed. We present the result at the DSWS-2023 conference in Tokyo in December.

Writing on Research Data Management (RDM)

Seminar and Outreach

  • We held a one day research data management seminar jointly with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Ecology and Sustainability (CIRES) at National Dong Hwa University on January 12, 2023.

  • We gave a seminar on How Would The Future Remember? On the Sunflower Movement Archive, COVID-19 Memory, and Activist Archiving at the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University on February 15, 2023.

  • We gave a presentation, titled Towards An Open Repository for Research Data, at the Ministry of Digital Affairs on March 17, 2023.

  • We co-hosted with Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF) on two quarterly meetings to exchange the experience regarding research data repositories and research data management on April 17 and August 23, 2023.

  • We collaborated with TaiBIF to host two Data Management Plan (DMP) mini-workshops. The first one was at National Sun Yat-sen University on May 13, and the second one was at Academia Sinica on September 15, 2023.

  • At the invitation of Foundation of Historic City Conservation and Regeneration, on June 4, 2023 we gave a talk on Open Repositories for Landscape Documentations at a civic engagement conference on the 400th anniversary of Tainan.

  • We shared our Thoughts on Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) Data Management and Preservation at the Ecological Informatics Mini-Symposium on June 11, 2023, in Taipei.

  • We had a meeting at the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) on June 26, 2023. In the meeting we introduced Research Data Management and the depositar service to NCHC. We also discussed issues of research data preservation.

  • We held an online meeting with researchers at the National Taiwan Ocean University on issues of research data management on August 9, 2023.

  • We were invited to participate in a seminar on Sunflower Movement at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy on August 24, 2023.

  • We gave one presentation, titled From Data Repository to Research Data Management Practice, at the National Cheng Kung University on September 19, 2023. More than 250 participants attended the event.

  • We gave a presentation on The Development and Practice of Research Data Management at the Taiwan Biodiversity Information Alliance (TBIA) meeting in Taipei on October 24, 2023.

  • We gave a one-and-half-day short course on Research Data Management Planning at the National Sun Yat-sen University on November 25-26, 2023.

  • We organized the 2023 Research Data Management Workshop at the Academia Sinica on December 21, 2023. The workshop included 14 speakers and more than 120 participants.

Presentation at International Conference

Visiting Scholars and Internship Students

Serving Research Data Communities

We wish you all a joyful Labor Day! – Ally, Cheng-Jen, Ming-Syuan, and Tyng-Ruey