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Title: Protection and sharing of semantically-enabled ELN in a co-laboratory research environment focused on the EUROCHAMP-2 community
Author: Farooq, Tahir
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2013
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This research builds on earlier work at the Leeds University to study an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) for computational modellers undertaking simulations of the physical experiment. A scientist involved in the modelling is referred as a modeller. The ELN enables the modeller to electronically record the provenance data from its creation to the final curation. The research was undertaken with members of the atmospheric chemistry community working on the EUROCHAMP- 2 project which involves fourteen laboratories across the Europe. Currently one of laboratories manages the computation environment on behalf of the community. The research presented in this thesis is concerned with the protection and sharing of semantically-enabled ELNs in a distributed co-laboratory research environment, focused on the EUROCHAMP-2 community. This involves the analysis, design, development and evaluation of a novel Web-based ELN-DRBAC (Dynamic Role Base Access Control) mechanism, applied to two scenarios: 1) Secure distributed, co-laboratory research environment where each laboratory undertakes their modelling experiments and records the provenance using the community ELN system. In this environment each laboratory manages its own policies and practices for creating and managing their ELNs. Members of the community may need to join the community for a short or long period of time with different working roles like modeller, research manager, public user, data manager, evaluator etc. Based on the enhanced dynamic role based access control, the ELN protection and sharing system allow community people to securely access and share their ELNs from the central repository as whole objects or its elements (provenance trails) at a fine grained level. 2) Online ELN service that securely manages the end-to-end life cycle of provenance on behalf of the community modellers. In this service, any modeller (with the permissions) can create, retrieve and share ELNs online.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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