Data management as a
history research skill

Chris Awre
History and data manageemnt – necessary bedfellows?
12 December 20...
Research skills
• Vitae

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Project planning
Ethics
Working collaboratively with others
Presenting your ...
SUDAMIH
• The SUDAMIH project at the University of Oxford
– Supporting Data Management Infrastructure for the
Humanities
•...
Data management as a research skill
• Two ways of approaching data management as a skill

– As a researcher
– As a curator...
Digital curation

History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 5
Digital curation 101
• A series of generic training materials based around the
Digital Curation Lifecycle model
– http://w...
DigCurV
• A European initiative to explore vocational training curricula
for digital curation
– Recognising the need to tr...
Non-digital curation
• Ironically, this does not have as high a profile as it maybe
should
– Focus on the ‘digital’ in thi...
Digital literacy
• SCONUL seven pillars of digital literacy

History data management as a research skill | 12 December 201...
Vitae RDF – Researcher Development Framework

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RDF and data management
• A1 – knowledgebase
– Research methods, practical applications
– Information literacy and managem...
UK Data Archive
• National data centre for social sciences and humanities

– Also houses what used to be called the Histor...
History DMT
• Recognises the existing initiatives

• Seeking to build on these, and highlight specific aspects
relevant to...
Thank you
Questions…?
c.awre@hull.ac.uk
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  1. 1. Data management as a history research skill Chris Awre History and data manageemnt – necessary bedfellows? 12 December 2013
  2. 2. Research skills • Vitae – – – – – – – – – – Project planning Ethics Working collaboratively with others Presenting your research Publishing your research Establishing networks Intellectual property management Public engagement Leadership development Data management History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 2
  3. 3. SUDAMIH • The SUDAMIH project at the University of Oxford – Supporting Data Management Infrastructure for the Humanities • Identified that data management was ‘diverse and idiosyncratic’ – Little knowledge of support services – Little training • Analysis showed that training and support was most needed for – Project set-up – Data creation – Managing local and institutional storage, and the link between these – Documenting the data History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 3
  4. 4. Data management as a research skill • Two ways of approaching data management as a skill – As a researcher – As a curator • Neither approach can address the whole picture • Neither approach is the ‘right’ approach • It is most useful where these meet in the middle – Recognises that data management as a skill is one that benefits (requires?) working with others History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 4
  5. 5. Digital curation History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 5
  6. 6. Digital curation 101 • A series of generic training materials based around the Digital Curation Lifecycle model – http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/train-the-trainer/dc-101training-materials • Useful background and insights to a detailed analysis of the stages of digital curation – Non-subject specific – Can be very detailed, and aimed primarily at support services, e.g., Librarians, IT staff, etc. • Digital curation as a career path History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 6
  7. 7. DigCurV • A European initiative to explore vocational training curricula for digital curation – Recognising the need to train people to both carry out digital curation and develop it further – Recognises that some disciplines have the role of ‘data manager’, but that this role needs expanding • A range of generic resources that can be used – Includes Monopoly-style gameboard – Good for raising awareness of relevant issues and and and and associated skills to address them History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 7
  8. 8. Non-digital curation • Ironically, this does not have as high a profile as it maybe should – Focus on the ‘digital’ in this day and age – Recognition that non-digital curation skills are well established • Although often a niche area of activity still • The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre is an excellent place to get advice on managing non-digital data – E.g., documents, artefacts – http://www.bl.uk/blpac/index.html History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 8
  9. 9. Digital literacy • SCONUL seven pillars of digital literacy History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 9
  10. 10. Vitae RDF – Researcher Development Framework History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 10
  11. 11. RDF and data management • A1 – knowledgebase – Research methods, practical applications – Information literacy and management • C2 – Research management – Project management – Professional conduct – IPR management • D2 – Communication and dissemination – Open access • http://www.rdfplanner.net/ History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 11
  12. 12. UK Data Archive • National data centre for social sciences and humanities – Also houses what used to be called the History Data Service – http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/ • Lots of useful advice on creating and managing data – Also on working with them to archive the data • An excellent source of data to inform your own research where appropriate History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 12
  13. 13. History DMT • Recognises the existing initiatives • Seeking to build on these, and highlight specific aspects relevant to history research • Many areas of data management are subject-agnostic – Hence, non-history sources of advice and guidance can be helpful • History DMT as a route to developing you as researchers as part of an overall development framework History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 13
  14. 14. Thank you Questions…? c.awre@hull.ac.uk

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