||Fairdata Qvain – Qvain Research Dataset Description Tool
||Qvain is a tool that provides workflows to create standardized metadata for research datasets. The tool is part of the Fairdata services (Fairdata Service Description in Finnish). Qvain is offered free of charge to its users.
The files stored in the Fairdata IDA service can be easily described as a dataset using Qvain. Users can also describe datasets whose files are stored elsewhere, outside of the Fairdata services.
The published dataset descriptions are available through the Fairdata Etsin service. The access to the actual contents may be open, or require a permit, as determined by the data owner in the metadata.
Qvain is an open source product. Its source code is available at GitHub.
|Detailed description||Qvain is a tool for creating metadata that describes a research dataset.
The user first logs in using the shared authentication services (CSC account).
Then the user can start a new description – a record – or continue editing an unfinished one. It is also possible to revisit published dataset and edit their metadata.
The contents of the record depend on the data model. Qvain uses Metax Research Dataset data model that is available at https://tietomallit.suomi.fi/model/mrd/CatalogRecord/. Support of other data models may be added in the future.
Metadata is an important part of a quality dataset. Metadata consist of
Fairdata IDA users can select and link their IDA files to the dataset using the Qvain interface. Files outside the IDA service can be referenced with URLs or other identifiers.
Users can save a draft or a record and continue working with it later. When the draft is published, the description will become public in the Etsin service. The access to the files can be open or restricted as determined by the metadata.
|Target audience||Researchers and e.g. data librarians.|
|How to obtain the service||Qvain can be accessed in qvain.fairdata.fi.
Users must log in using authentication methods supported by Fairdata. The users need to create a CSC account to use the service.
|User support||Qvain is generally available for use 24/7.
Maintenance and support are however provided during the service hours only.
CSC Service Desk
All users must practice due diligence regarding their user credentials. They must immediately report to the service provider, if they observe, suspect, or anticipate a data security breach.
|Service producers responsibilities||The service producer is responsible for providing the service to users at the agreed service level. The producer is responsible for providing support in the agreed manner.The service producer shall notify the user organisations and users of all security breaches and security risks without delays.|
|Service producer||CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.|
|Service offered and organized by||The Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland|