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  • Hear from OxfordOur request…Will aim to show you some areas where progress being made…First part of the talk discuss lots of components of research data integrity, then attempt to pull these together in the second part…
  • Found from extensive set of consultationsResearcher, research student
  • This summer looked at ‘Digital Services’Services provided by various parts of the University in support of research
  • Today’s workshop is the latest in a series we have held in Oxford, starting more than 2 years ago.The most recent last month, hosted with the DCC, was a sell-out and was a course on general research data management
  • Most analyses of data integrity are science biasedLarge part of research cycle covered here…
  • A few words on the overall current context here in Oxford: From bottom -> scoping exercise for repository services laid the groundwork, we have 5JISC funded projects complement each other very well, UKRDS activities delivery of this work is Multi-agency; academic divisions; then existing services brought together in a new way… -Experience has shown this is right; require set of skills and competencies across the agencies Overseen by RC, in essence the home for the activity, PICT (IT perspective), most importantly RIMSC
  • We needed some form of supporting statement from the University.Endorsed by PICTDates from more than a year ago…

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  • Research Integrity Conference
    Strand B: Institutional Responsibility
    Professor Paul Jeffreys, Director of IT, University of Oxford
    Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 13 September 2011
  • Institutional Responsibility
    “We will hear from two major research-intensive institutions about the actions they are taking to meet their responsibilities towards research data management and address some of the challenges raised during the morning. Topics to be covered include developing a strategy and vision, securing 'buy-in' from senior management and researchers, and some practical steps to implement the vision.”
    ‘… are taking …’
    would not claim to have more than started the journey in Oxford…
    Start the presentation with an example (thanks to James Wilson)
    We are delivering a new SaaS for Oxford and for HE
    Database as a Service – dial up database creation for researchers
    http://vidaas.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
    In response to clear requirement from researchers (see later)
  • Sharing research data (1)
    3
    But it doesn’t makes much sense to me
    Looks like there is some interesting data behind this
  • Sharing research data (2)
    4
    Nice data –I can use this!
    Oh.
  • How the DaaS works
    5
    I can access and cite good research data
    I can find and re-use data other people have been gathering
    We can easily add & edit data and open it up to collaborators or the public
  • Database-as-a-Service
    Part of University Modernisation Funded project – VIDaaS
    DaaSoffered within Oxford, in your University, or on HE cloud (UMF)
    Managed, resilient, cost effective, shared, accessible, easy to combine…
    Databases will enter University-wide data catalogue with associated meta-data
    But wait a minute…
    Not a full solution
    For how long do we guarantee the service?
    Is it long term data curation?
    Although free initially in Oxford, we will have to charge -what happens for research which is not funded, and after funded projects complete?
    … and same questions for use of DaaS on HE cloud
    -> DaaS needs to exist within an overall framework and set of policies
  • ‘Digital Services’
    In summer 2011, held workshop to look at range of Digital Services offered to support research
    Researchers, support staff, administrators
    Listed all the ‘digital services’; subdivided into:
    Services to support collaboration
    Services to support research bids
    Services to support dissemination, reporting and engagement
    Data management services (includes data storage, archiving, data security)
    Training services
    Attempted to capture a generic University of Oxford research cycle
    Added the digital services
    Probably very little of this specific to Oxford
  • THE RESEARCH CYCLE
    1
    PRE-PROPOSAL
    2
    • concept
    • meet colleagues
    • background research
    • discuss
    DETAILED DRAFT PROPOSAL
    + RSO
    FOLLOW-ON PROJECT/ EXTENSION FUNDING
    If not a funded project . . .
    Referees: department research committee
    7
    Re-draft
    Sign-off from department/ college/ division & RSO
    3
    6
    EXIT/POST-
    PROJECT
    SUBMIT
    Dissemination can continue post-project, e.g. monitoring of impact
    DISSEMINATION
    AWARDED
    5
    Many support services provided locally
    PROJECT
    4
  • THE RESEARCH CYCLE
    1
    • consider University policies
    • consider ethics approval
    • data management plan
    • fit with funder’s criteria
    • meetings (online)
    • finances/resources
    • costing in Resolve
    • permissions
    • manage progress of applications
    • sharing
    • versioning
    PRE-PROPOSAL
    2
    • concept
    • meet colleagues
    • background research
    • discuss
    DETAILED DRAFT PROPOSAL
    + RSO
    FOLLOW-ON PROJECT/ EXTENSION FUNDING
    If not a funded project . . .
    Referees: department research committee
    7
    Re-draft
    Sign-off from department/ college/ division & RSO
    Project disappears?
    Long-term report/reflection
    Ensure long-term access to data
    3
    6
    EXIT/POST-
    PROJECT
    • ORA
    • Databank
    • Local to department
    • plan research activity
    • attract research participants
    • meetings
    • data management plan
    archive data
    DOI links
    share data
    publications
    final report
    SUBMIT
    Dissemination can continue post-project, e.g. monitoring of impact
    DISSEMINATION
    AWARDED
    5
    Many support services provided locally
    4
    PROJECT
    create/maintain community
    HR, Finance, contracts, collaborator agreements
    ethics approval
    fieldwork risk assessment
    maintain compliance
    manage/monitor project
    website creation
    training
    undertake research
    bibliographic research
    provide computing infrastructure
    collect & manage data (raw & processed)
    software licences
    alerts
    meet
    embed long-term access
    conference papers
    reporting - internal
    publish
    organise conferences/workshops
    reporting - external
  • Digital Services – many, varied, coordinated?
    Impressive number of Digital Services to support research, developed to meet need, delivered both centrally and locally
    But how good are these in the context of Strand B today?
    Questions:
    Framework?
    Coordinated?
    Fit-for-purpose?
    Easily accessible to researchers?
    Have buy-in from researchers?
    Sustainable?
    Beginning to try to coordinate…
  • Research Data Management ‘portal’
  • University Staff Gateway
  • Research Support
  • Research Support: Costing and Pricing
  • Oxford: Research and Libraries
  • Digital Humanities @ Oxford
  • Oxford e-Research Centre
  • OUCS: Research Skills Toolkit
  • RDM: Data Management Planning Checklist
  • Workshops on Research Data Management
    Ongoing series at Oxford:
    14.09.2011 - DCC Roadshow
    22.07.2010 - Data Management Training for the Humanities
    16.06.2010 - Digital Curation 101 Lite: How to Manage Research Data
    29.03.2010 - Institutional Policy and Guidance for Research Data
    14.10.2009 - Data Curation: from lab to reuse
    09.06.2009 - DAF Review Workshop - The application of the data audit
    framework (DAF) within DataShare at Oxford
    03.06.2009 - The Data Imperative Workshop
    13.06.2008 - Scoping Digital Repository Services for Research Data Management
    Training extremely important
  • Let’s stop a moment and take stock
    The title of this conference is ‘Research Integrity’
    our strand is ‘Institutional Responsibility’
    An interpretation:
    Integrity of research depends on the integrity of the data
    Integrity of the data is a shared responsibility among all members of the research team, and ..
    The institution must deliver a system within which integrity of data can be ensured
    Research datarefers to: information collected, stored and processed in a systematic manner to meet the objectives of research
    Often considered more in context of science and social science…
    Data Integrity forms large part of Research Integrity
  • Unpack Data Integrity
    Selection:
    Determination of appropriate data type, source and instruments that allow investigators to adequately answer research questions
    Collection:
    Process of gathering and measuring information in an established systematic fashion that makes it possible to answer research qs, test hypotheses, ..
    Handling:
    Processes to ensure research data is stored, archived, disposed in a safe and secure manner, during and after research project
    Analysis:
    Process of systematically applying techniques to describe and illustrate, recap and condense, and evaluate data
    Reporting and publication: preparing and disseminated research findings
    Ownership: possession of, and responsibility for, information
  • University of Oxford
    Scale and importance of task to ensure Research Integrity recognised
    Coordination of Digital Services important part
    Steps being taken to meet institutional responsibilities
    Framework and policies for Research Integrity required
    Many components in place, and being developed, coordination required
  • University of Oxford Context
    Strategy and Policy
    PRAC ICT
    RIMSC
    Research Committee
    Researcher and Services
    Computing Services
    Academic Divisions
    Library Services
    Research Services
    Strategic projects
    UK RDS
    ADMIRAL
    Scoping Digital Repository Services
    VIDaaS
    EIDCSR
    SUDAMIH
    DataFlow
  • University Statement – Research Data
    ‘The University of Oxford is committed to supporting researchers in appropriate curation and preservation of their research data, and where applicable in accordance with the research funders’ requirements. It recognises that this must be achieved through the deployment of a federated institutional data repository. This repository has to be supported by a suitable business model, and where possible funded through full economic cost recovery, so that the University can guarantee that the data deposited there will be managed over the long term. The data repository will be a cross-agency activity developed and supported by a number of departments within the University and will build, as far as possible, on existing services, including the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). It will be overseen by a Steering Group which reports to the University Research Committee. The management and curation of research data will be addressed in cooperation with specialist agencies, research funders and other institutions in the UK and internationally.’
  • Current areas of institutional focus
    New sub-committee of University Research Committee
    Oversight of research data (as opposed to information management)
    Develop policies similar to Edinburgh’s Embryonic Data Policy
    Address funding, funding, funding
    Information Security policies
    Defining new range of policies to ensure Secure Information
    Policies to be endorsed by Council in MT -> new regime for Oxford
    University Shared Data Centre
    SLD includes building security and data security
    Gateway to HE cloud
    Creation of catalogue of University data
    JISC project funded last week, DoMaRO, searchable catalogue
    Business models for data management services
    Through project and beyond, on-site and cloud
  • Conclusions
    Like many other universities, Oxford has started the journey
    Aiming to ensure Research Integrity and Data Integrity
    Strategically important for University
    Much to learn from each other universities and at workshops
    Thank You