The Online Research Database Service (ORDS) is a is a new service for researchers based at the University of Oxford, having been developed in-house by IT Services. It is a free, centrally supported service for University of Oxford researchers and their collaborators, designed to make it easy to create, edit, search, and share research databases online.
The ORDS is a web-based, cloud-hosted service. It enables easy collaboration, as multiple editors can work on a single database. Access controls enable project owners to choose who has permission to do what. Besides creating databases from scratch, researchers can also import existing data from Access databases, from spreadsheets, or from SQL database files, enabling old data to take on a new lease of life. Data in the ORDS can be exported in common formats for analysis, sharing and archiving.
A training course is being held by IT Services to offer advice as to how to get the most out of this service:
Date: Monday 16th February 2015
Time: 2pm until 5pm
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road