Abstract:In a variety of research areas the requirements for good scientific practice demand a proper long-term archiving of the data produced and handled throughout scientific processes. While the documentation was traditionally written in paper-based laboratory notebooks, the increasing amount of digital data and corresponding metadata has led to the development of electronic laboratory notebooks (ELN). To ensure the integrity and authenticity of the data special mechanisms have to be established while being stored in the ELN and digital archives for several decades. As different research areas use individual scientific tools in their processes, this paper de-scribes a generic data verification system to enhance the provability of data and the corresponding metadata. The system was implemented using a Web service that uses multiple ingress, verification and egress modules. By using the Web service presented in this paper, the provability of scientific data in digital archives is profoundly enhanced. By automatically evaluating the probative force of the data and metadata and adding the system’s digital signature as a result, the provability can be ensured by a separate third party that is trusted on the side of the ELN operator as well as the scientific community and jurisdiction
Autoren:J. Potthoff, S. Rieger, Paul C. Johannes
Enhancing the Provability in Digital Archives by Using a Verifiable Metadata Analysis Web Service
ICIW 2012 – The Seventh International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services, 2012, S. 113-117.