||Qvain is a tool that helps to create standardized metadata that describes a research dataset.
Qvain is optimised to easy description of datasets whose files are in the IDA service.
When complete, descriptions will be published in the 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. At the moment, 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
If users have an IDA project, they will be able to select files and indicate their being parts of a dataset through the Qvain interface. To external files, they may refer with identifiers.
Users can save a draft and continue working with it later. When all done, the description will become public in the Etsin service. The access to the files may be made open or it may require an application, as determined by the metadata. Etsin service will provide ways to control the access.
|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 producer’s responsibilities||The service provider 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 provider shall notify the participating organizations and individual users of any [data breach]
|Service producer||CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. – Software is developed in partnership with he National Library of Finland.|
|Service offered and organized by||The Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland|