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Research Data MANTRA

Research Data MANTRA



Presented by Robin Rice, Çuna Ekmekcioglu, Stuart Macdonald at the JISC Managing Research Data (International) Workshop, Birmhingham, 28-29 March 2011

Presented by Robin Rice, Çuna Ekmekcioglu, Stuart Macdonald at the JISC Managing Research Data (International) Workshop, Birmhingham, 28-29 March 2011



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