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ORDS update

It’s been a busy few months for the team behind the Online Research Database Service (ORDS).ORDS - the Online Research Database Service

The ORDS is a free, centrally supported service which allows researchers to create, edit, search and share relational databases. Since the official launch in August, we’ve been beavering away to support and enhance the service.

This week, the release of version 1.0.6 of the software brought a number of improvements: first and foremost, there has been a major overhaul of the way the database schema designer works, resolving difficulties with saving changes that some users have experienced recently. Eagle eyed users will spot that the advanced query page is also looking rather different, with the aim of making it easier to use. Details of all the additions and bug fixes can be found on the ORDS blog.

There has also been a flurry of activity on non-technical fronts – for example,  the first ORDS training course happened earlier this term. This will be repeated at regular intervals: further details can be found in the IT Learning Programme’s course listing. To ensure a finger is kept on the pulse of the user community, an ORDS User Group is also in the process of being established.

The ORDS is open to all research staff and postgraduate research students at the University of Oxford, plus their collaborators. For more details, or to register to use the service, visit the ORDS website.

Meriel is an Academic Research Technology Specialist in the Research Support team at IT Services. Much of her work focuses on research data management.