DataUp lands at the OuterCurve Foundation
DataUp, a project that originated with Microsoft Research working with the University of California Curation Center (UC3), has a new home at the OuterCurve Foundation where they hope that researchers and publishers in the scientific community will find the tool useful. DataUp, Data Curation for Excel, is designed to make sharing, search, manipulation and storage of Excel data easier.
It allows the data to be curated with the conversion of files to CSV-compatible formats, the addition of metadata, generation of citations, and the ability to post those data files to DataONE repositories. DataUp has been designed to help environmental science researchers and scientists archive tabular scientific data. The live DataUp site is provided as a service of the UC3.
The project has been accepted into the OuterCurve Foundation's Research Accelerators Gallery, to sit alongside ConferenceXP, Trident, Chemistry Add-in for Word, .Net Bio and ChronoZoom. The tools are all designed to assist researchers in managing their data. DataUp is available as an add-in or as a web application and is licensed under an Apache 2.0 licence. Further background on the tool is available in this interview with Carly Strasser, project manager for DataUp, and John Kunze, associate director of UC3.