Implementation of one other discipline (other than social science)
To demonstrate the usefulness of SWISSUbase for other institutions, one discipline (in addition to the social sciences) will be implemented as a pluggable metadata package. Linguistics is the specific academic domain that was chosen as “front runner” and therefore the linguistic research community at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne will contribute to the definition of the pluggable metadata model. There are mainly two reasons for this choice. First, the data produced by linguists is very different from social science data and comprises audiovisual data, geo-data as well as textual data. These data will allow us to cover a very broad spectrum of data and constitute therefore an ideal case regarding the implementation of other metadata schemas in the future and, thus, the interdisciplinary nature of the application. Also, the quantity of data provided by the linguists community will approximately be 600TB and therefore a suitable means to scale up the application in order to process huge amount of data. Second, the department of linguistics at the University of Zurich is very motivated to participate. The members of the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space and the Zurich Center for Linguistics (ZüKL) will implement the Component MetaData Infrastructure (CMDI) for linguistics in collaboration with members from the computational linguistics group at the University of Lausanne. In addition, SWISSUbase should become the national repository for linguistic data and therefore be interoperable with the CLARIN (European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology) Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure on the European level.
Geosciences will be the third discipline to be implemented after social sciences and linguistics. The implementation will be led by the University of Lausanne (Professors Stuart Lane et Pietro de Anna of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment). The metadata schema for geosciences will not be implemented during the first phase of the project but representatives from the user community will be actively involved from the beginning of the project in order to prepare its integration. Additionally, a customized UI will be defined and configured. The knowledge gained from this work package will be documented in a handbook for future SWISSUbase.