Research Data MANTRA Robin Rice,  Ҫ una Ekmekcioglu, Stuart Macdonald JISC Managing Research Data (International) Workshop...
Project overview <ul><li>Partnership between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Data Library in Information Services and  </li></ul...
Online learning materials <ul><li>Eight units with activities, scenarios and videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research data ex...
Progress to date <ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authoring content  </li><...
Next… <ul><li>Video productions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April  - June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of data handling pra...
Next… <ul><li>Learning materials to be deposited with an open licence in JorumOpen and Xpert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August ...
Lessons learned <ul><li>Time –  underestimated! </li></ul><ul><li>Authoring content – not an easy task...  </li></ul><ul><...
Lessons learned <ul><li>Working with a default XOT template </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations of the template </li></ul></...
Thank you   <ul><li>Project website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/data-library-projects/mantra </li></ul><...
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Research Data MANTRA

  1. 1. Research Data MANTRA Robin Rice, Ҫ una Ekmekcioglu, Stuart Macdonald JISC Managing Research Data (International) Workshop, Birmingham, 28-29 March 2011
  2. 2. Project overview <ul><li>Partnership between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Data Library in Information Services and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Institute for Academic Development, at the University of Edinburgh </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grounded in three disciplinary contexts: social science, clinical psychology and geoscience </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to develop online interactive training materials for PhD students and early career researchers that will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of the key issues related to research data management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide guidelines for good practice </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Online learning materials <ul><li>Eight units with activities, scenarios and videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research data explained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data management plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organising data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File formats and transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation and metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage and security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data protection, rights and access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation, sharing and licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Four data handling practicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPSS, NVivo, R, ArcGIS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Xerte Online Toolkits – University of Nottingham </li></ul>
  4. 4. Progress to date <ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authoring content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed for five units </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data handling practicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlines ready for all, SPSS practical is ready for internal evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal feedback on completed units </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finalised </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User testing – five students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduled for early April </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Next… <ul><li>Video productions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April - June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of data handling practicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User testing – complete module </li></ul><ul><ul><li>June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final modifications in the light of user feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>July </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Next… <ul><li>Learning materials to be deposited with an open licence in JorumOpen and Xpert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning materials to be embedded in three participating postgraduate programmes and made available through Transkills programme for use by all postgraduate students and early career researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next academic year </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Lessons learned <ul><li>Time – underestimated! </li></ul><ul><li>Authoring content – not an easy task... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-using existing materials vs writing from scratch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright – images, videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency in style, terminology, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data handling practicals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Setting up Xerte Online Toolkits (XOT) on the server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Security issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues with the software </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Lessons learned <ul><li>Working with a default XOT template </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations of the template </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finding volunteers for user testing – not easy! </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with data handling practicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tension between data handling and data analysis in terms of actual content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring clear explanation of software specific jargon/technical terminology/process-specific language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retaining consistency across four data handling practicals in terms of look and feel, flow, content, audience </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you  <ul><li>Project website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/data-library-projects/mantra </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/mantra/Research+Data+Mantra+project+wiki </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Institute for Academic Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.iad.ed.ac.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Xerte – open source elearning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/toolkits.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact: Robin Rice – R.Rice@ed.ac.uk </li></ul>
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