Open Science Resource Atlas (AZON)
Work on the Open Science Resource Atlas (AZON) at the Center for Knowledge and Technical Science (CWiNT) of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology has started. This online information platform is being developed as part of the project: Active Information Platform e-scienceplus.pl., and is to collect, process and share science resources in an open digital form to all interested parties. The project is coordinated by the Wrocław University of Science and Technology along with its partners: the Academy of Physical Education, the University of Life Sciences, the Medical University and the Institute of Systems Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
- Sharing is very important for one reason only: these resources, which are open, allow us to present the works we conduct, but above all to develop them and look for partners around the world for joint projects developing a given research topic - said Waldemar Grzebyk, PhD, project manager and director of CWiNT.
The project will create model conditions for sharing the resources of scientific units created in research, educational and popularizing processes. Resources will be integrated and adapted so that they can be easily searched, reused and reused in science, business or other interested parties.
- Each university in Poland has certain resources that it makes available on IT platforms. However, there is no coherent system where the resources generated as part of research and development can be made available. There are also no defined formats and methods of presenting the obtained results - added the project manager.
Wrocław University of Science and Technology will provide, among others, research data, repositories incl. source codes, reference data, IoT data, scientific databases, e-learning materials, TV Styk recordings and Radio Luz broadcasts. "In addition, we will provide the resources of the Museum of Wrocław University of Science and Technology, 3D models, scans of 360 photos of these models, conference materials, scientific publications, reports and notes, the resources of the Lower Silesian Digital Library and the resources of the scientific achievements database," - said Wojciech Drzewiński, MSc, manager responsible for sharing the resources of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.
According to Wojciech Cieśliński, PhD, the content coordinator of the AWF (Academy of Physical Education), modern research institutions and universities expand their organizational space. One of the possibilities of such expansion is the virtualization of this space. It will allow on-line access to scientific resources and, consequently, to build new relationships with researchers from various disciplines, which will enable the creation of networks and research consortia carrying out interdisciplinary research.
The participation of AWF in the AZON project is dictated by the desire to make scientific resources available in digital form. The university will make available about a thousand publications digitized as part of the project: 800 photos, 460 videos (approx. 900 hours) and 30 documents and 1000 video recordings (50 hours) already available in digital form. These are books, magazines, monographs, materials from educational and sports camps.
In turn, the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław will make selected university resources available by placing on the platform 7,320 documents and objects, which will include, among others, an interactive base of research and development activities, a base of product and technology offer, and an educational platform with e-learning facilities.
The rest of the resources will consist of: macroscopic collections, collections of paintings, drawings and sketches from architecture, collections of plant and animal specimens, soil samples, books and magazines, scripts, monographs, dissertations, articles and conference materials.
- The main goal of the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław, as a project partner, is to present the research activity of the university's scientists to scientific, national and international communities and to make the results of this activity widely available through universal access to information containing the scope of research conducted at the university, profiles of scientists conducting research and their positioning, the scope of educational activities and services that the university conducts for society, including entrepreneurs - said Dorota Tedys from the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław.
Similarly, the System Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw wants to make available doctoral dissertations from 1988-2010, which have not been made available online so far. The collections are doctoral dissertations defended by the Scientific Council of IBS PAN in the field of technical sciences in automation, robotics and computer science.
- Due to the lack of free access to the content of the dissertations, placing them in AZON will undoubtedly contribute to increasing their availability for scientists, specialists and students - said Dagmara Borkowska, MSc from IBS PAN.
Medical University of Wrocław intends to make available in AZON stationery resources, which will include 1800 publications (approx. 300 thousand pages), published in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.
- The publications selected for digitization are the achievements of scientists and pioneers of world and European medicine, professors of the University of Wrocław - said Renata Sławińska, content coordinator for the task managing digitization and dissemination from the Medical University in Wrocław.
This achievement reflects the rich history of teaching medicine in Wrocław and is a testimony to the continuity of Wrocław science, the multinational and multiculturalism of its creators and their impact on the development of medical, pharmaceutical, hospitality and spa treatment in this region.
In addition to scientific, cognitive and historical values, the collection of Polish and German-language works to be digitized has a high editorial and biographical value and is a valuable material in provenance research, because many of them were published by well-known publishing houses and printing houses, in a beautiful graphic and editorial design and provided with personal proprietary marks, autographs, stamps, marginalia.
The database of histological preparations will also be digitized, which includes 1,500 cases subjected to preparation using various laboratory methods, including immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, fluorescent in situ hybridization, electron microscopy and tissue microarrays.
AZON for everyone, including the blind and deaf
AZON will also be adapted to the needs of the blind, visually impaired and deaf people thanks to the use of, among others transcription, speech synthesis, sign language teacher or subtitles.
- The project involves the creation of a platform that will be filled with content that has already been created. They only need to be adapted to presentations in various forms and adapted to the needs of people with disabilities – said Waldemar Grzebyk, PhD.
An important element of this project is the development of formal and legal rules related to sharing intellectual property.
- We often have doubts about what to share, on what terms, on what licenses. In this project, we will try to make an analysis that will be helpful for the creators. They will find out if and on what conditions they can share the created resources as part of their work - said Waldemar Grzebyk, PhD. He added that the project is very important for Wrocław University of Technology and Partners. We hope that AZON will find application in other institutions and meet their needs.
According to Agnieszka Kwiecień, who is responsible for the project's information system in the project, a lot of work has to be done before the resources become open and available. "First of all, you need to classify them and understand their structure well. Then you need to choose the way of their description and design how they will be processed in the system. Finally, depending on their intended use, you need to plan how they are accessed and presented. All this to make sharing data easy for scientists, and to make it easy for the public to find and use them" - explains Agnieszka Kwiecień.
- AZON must use the achievements of computer science in the field of software and hardware infrastructure, including building mechanisms such as dictionaries, standard data exchange interfaces and efficient search methods. The latter are especially important with such a variety of resources - from books to measurement results from specialized devices – added Agnieszka Kwiecień
- Providing valuable resources created in scientific units (research, education, popularization);
- Integration and adaptation of resources to accessibility standards (easy to search and readiness for re-use);
- Creation of conditions for the popularization of unique research results and their further wide use (in science and business and by the general public);
- Facilitating access to homogeneous collections of unpublished expertise in various fields;
- Building public awareness of the need to digitize science resources and the idea of Open Data among authors and recipients.
- The formula of this project is such that both the resources we provide and the tools we offer will be made available in an open manner, free of charge. Of course, part of the resources will have to be combined with authorization or authentication due to the protection of intellectual property - said Mateusz Tykierko, PhD from the Wrocław Network and Computer Center (WCSS), responsible for computerization in the project.
The project is financed by the European Union under the Operational Program Digital Poland.
project manager Marzena Kordys
deputy project manager Jacek Oko, PhD
team leader no. 1 Agnieszka Kwiecień, MSc
team leader no. 2 Mateusz Tykierko, PhD
team leader no. 3 Wojciech Drzewiński, MSc
team leader no. 4 Przemysław Tymków, PhD
team leader no. 5 Krzysztof Grzegorczyk, MSc
team leader no. 6 Krzysztof Hebzda
team leader no. 7 Bartłomiej Solarz-Niesłuchowski, MA
team leader no. 8 Urszula Małecka