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Presentation made at the International Digital Curation Conference 2010 in Chicago

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    • Making Sense: Talking Data Management with Researchers Catharine Ward, Cambridge University Library Wednesday, 8 th December, 2010 On behalf of: Lesley Freiman, Cambridge University Library Sarah Jones, Laura Molloy and Kellie Snow, University of Glasgow A pilot project for supporting research data management
    • What is Incremental?
      • Collaborative project between Cambridge University Library and HATII, University of Glasgow.
      • Aim: To improve research data management within our own institutions by focusing on better advice, training and support – the people aspects .
    • Scoping study: method
      • Building on HATII digital preservation study
      • Semi-structured interviews
      • Similar departments to allow comparison
      • Glasgow (2009):
      • Archaeology
      • Chemistry
      • Engineering
      • English
      • Public Health
      • Ecology & Evolutionary
      • Biology
      • Cambridge (2010)
      • Archaeology
      • Chemistry
      • Engineering
      • English
      • Public Health
      • Scott Polar Research
      • Institute
    • Scoping study: findings
      • Creating and managing files
      • File naming and structuring, lack of selection, increasing volumes.
      • Storage and back-up
      • Variety of media, who backs up?
      • Preservation and re-use
      • Obsolescence, best formats, available support
      • Data sharing
      • Personal investment, practicalities, obstacles.
      • Existing guidance and training
      • Wrong time / format, can’t find, hard to use, jargon!, want person to call…
    • Scoping guidance & training requirements
      • Russell Group website survey
      • http://incrementalproject.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/the-crossing-point/
      • Researcher observations
      • http://incrementalproject.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/initial-test-user-thoughts-and-my-cautious-optimism/
    • Language matters
      • Using the phrase ‘Looking after your data’ rather than ‘preserving your data’
      • Suspicious of ‘policies’ which imply a mandate. More receptive to ‘guidance’ or advice’
      • Must translate data management from specialist to non specialist
    • Four recommendations
      • http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/
      • preservation/incremental/
      • documents/Incremental_Scoping_
      • Report_170910.pdf
    • 1. Produce simple guidance on creating,  storing and managing data
    •  
    • University resources & guidance Local & central support contacts
    •  
    • 2. Offer practical training resources with discipline‐specific examples
      • ‘ Curation for researchers’ course
      • principles of data management
      • case studies and breakouts to put in context
      • collaborate with university services to profile support
      • are producing online materials from this
    • Digital Curation for Researchers workshop Case study of English Language projects Key considerations Local support
    • Thematic seminars
      • Lunchtime seminars (2hr) in Spring at Cambridge on:
      • Ethics/confidential data
      • - 19 th January 2011 – Dr Louise Corti (UK Data Archive)
      • IPR
      • - 2 nd February 2011 – Andrew Charlesworth (JISC/University of Bristol)
      • FOI
      • - 16 th February 2011 – Mike Baillie (Queens University, Belfast)
      • Managing diverse data formats
      • - 2 nd March 2011 – Paul Russell (English, Cambridge University), Stephen Gray (JISC/Bristol University), Fannar Haddad (independent)
      • Workshops in February 2011 at Glasgow on data management for researchers in :
      • Performance / live art
      • Archaeology
      • Format:
      • Morning session on best practice case studies & panel
      • Afternoon session on support at Glasgow
      Disciplinary workshops
    • Online training resources
      • Course and workshop outputs e.g. video case studies, audio-synced slides, screencasts
      • Modular slides/resources that can be dropped into other courses
      • More visual formats e.g. flow diagrams, factsheets
    • 3. Connect researchers with support staff for tailored advice and partnering
      • • Raise awareness of existing support staff and services through data management web pages and training
      • • Build links with research office to point researchers to
      • relevant support when apply for grants
    • 4. Work towards a DM infrastructure
    • Conclusions
      • There is a need for support with day to day issues of creating and managing data.
      • Data management is mostly a ‘people’ problem.
      • Providing brief and accessible guidance, training and support to researchers will be effective in the long term.
    • Thanks for listening  Any questions?
      • Email: Catharine Ward - [email_address]
      • Project website:
      • http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/preservation/incremental/
      • Cambridge Dataman web pages:
      • http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/dataman/
      • Project blog:
      • http:// incrementalproject.wordpress.com /
      • Twitter:
      • JISCincremental