Research Data Management What is it and why is the Library & Archives Service involved?Gareth KnightRDM Support Service Pr...
What is Research Data?      "That which is collected, observed, or created in a digital form,      for purposes of analysi...
Research Data Collection                  A Research Data Collection may include:             Contextual information on th...
Why does digital data need to be                   managed?               Data produced by a research project can have lon...
Key drivers for data      management and publication Funder Mandates             Open Access/Data Studies              Giv...
What does LAS know about       Data Management?                    Label & catalogueProvide access &                      ...
Research Data Management          Support Service• Research Data Working Group set up   in Feb 2010 to determine how good ...
Documentation   Research Data        Research Data ManagementManagement Roadmap                Policy
Data Management Practices Survey    Survey project/group leaders, researchers,  Data Managers,    and IT support staff Key...
RDM Guidance material•   Develop a Research Data Management microsite     to support LSHTM researchers•   Guidance framed ...
RDM training material• Producing teaching material on various topics related   to RDM   – Presentation slides,   – present...
Research Tools Aim to scope, develop/repurpose and implement software toolsto simplify process of managing & publishing re...
Thank You for your attention!                               QuestionsGareth Knight.RDM Support Service Project ManagerEmai...
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  1. 1. Research Data Management What is it and why is the Library & Archives Service involved?Gareth KnightRDM Support Service Project Manager16 July 2012
  2. 2. What is Research Data? "That which is collected, observed, or created in a digital form, for purposes of analysing to produce original research results." University of Edinburghhttp://www.ed.ac.uk/schools‐departments/information‐services/services/research‐support/data‐library/data‐repository/definitions “Data are facts, observations or experiences on which an argument,  theory or test is based. Data may be numerical, descriptive or visual.  Data may be raw or analysed, experimental or observational." University of Melbourne http://research.unimelb.edu.au/integrity/conduct/data/review
  3. 3. Research Data Collection A Research Data Collection may include: Contextual information on the research activity Who performed the project? What questions  did they seek to answer? When did they perform it? How was it funded? Data gathered or generated as part of the research process Raw data gathered or generated Processed data (e.g. normalised, anonymised value) Contextual information on the gathered/generated data Codebooks Technical, structural, Provenance, Rights metadata records E‐mailsResearch Documentation that describe the research activity & conclusion Interim/final reports, published/unpublished papers, Presentations
  4. 4. Why does digital data need to be managed? Data produced by a research project can have long‐term  value for purposes beyond that envisaged by the creatorDestruction/ corruption Data RenderingWhat the heck is a file  My colour coding changes I/O error? when I use the latest  version of the software!Data Loss Data SharingWhere the heck did I Who is allowed to see the put that file? data? How can it be  analysed? UK Data ArchiveAccess issuesWhere do I find an old  Lack of context What’s the latest version of copy of that software  this data? What the heck does tool? this spreadsheet column  mean? However there are risks...
  5. 5. Key drivers for data management and publication Funder Mandates Open Access/Data Studies Give me your data!!Researcher Demand Research Scandals
  6. 6. What does LAS know about Data Management? Label & catalogueProvide access &  Organisational  support use Managed storage Structure
  7. 7. Research Data Management Support Service• Research Data Working Group set up  in Feb 2010 to determine how good  research practice could be promoted  in institution• Three‐year project to establish a  Research Data Management Support Service (RDMSS)• Funded by Wellcome Trust  Infrastructure development fund
  8. 8. Documentation Research Data Research Data ManagementManagement Roadmap Policy
  9. 9. Data Management Practices Survey Survey project/group leaders, researchers,  Data Managers, and IT support staff Key Questions• What type of data do you create & store?• How do you organise and label it?• Where do you store it?• How do you use your data?• How can we help you to better manage your data?Methods:• Online questionnaire• One‐to‐one interviews• Group interviews
  10. 10. RDM Guidance material• Develop a Research Data Management microsite  to support LSHTM researchers• Guidance framed around several lifecycles: – Funding: Preparation, funded period, post‐project – Data: Contemporary, obsolete format – Record: Active, semi‐active,  Inactive (possibly)• Several topics covered during lifecycle: – Developing Data Management Plan – Data labelling – Metadata• Guidance tailored to institutional services,  subject domains and health‐related data &  metadata formats• Material produced over several stages of  development
  11. 11. RDM training material• Producing teaching material on various topics related  to RDM – Presentation slides, – presentation notes, – practical exercises• May be tailored for different audiences: – Domain independent for library & archives staff – Subject specific for tutors in each faculty
  12. 12. Research Tools Aim to scope, develop/repurpose and implement software toolsto simplify process of managing & publishing researcher  data
  13. 13. Thank You for your attention! QuestionsGareth Knight.RDM Support Service Project ManagerEmail: gareth.knight@lshtm.ac.uk

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