Information Handling for      Researchers     Towards a More  Cohesive Environment       Sheila Corrall
Presentation Overview                Mind the Skills Gap                RIN Working Group                Areas of activ...
Mind the Skills Gap               Study undertaken                during 2007-2008               Mixed methodology      ...
Findings and Follow Up                Research information                 skills have not kept                 pace with...
A New Advocacy GroupWorking Group on Information HandlingTerms of reference•    act as a focal point for discussion of the...
A Coalition of PartnersStakeholder organisations in the Working Group  BAILER                   JISC  British Library  ...
RDF and Seven PillarsResearcher Development Framework (RDF)                     New staged framework                     ...
Promoting Good Practice  Collecting examples of training courses and   learning resources for the Vitae database       s...
Contributingto the Vitae database
Showcasing                   good                 practiceContributing         into the Vitae    academic database        ...
Data Management and  Information LiteracyData Management Skills Support InitiativeSummary of aims and objectives  facilit...
Can the Seven Pillars be Used toDefine Data Management Skills?Methods of investigation          Funding, people and and pr...
Research Supervisors and Information LiteracyAre PhD supervisors a ‘lost generation’?Summary of objectives  investigate c...
What is the Role of Supervisors inDeveloping Information Literacy?Methods of investigation         People, timetable and s...
Launch ofNEW regionalnetwork– for peopleinterested ininformationhandling ofresearchers
Dissemination   Raising awareness ofinformation literacy needs      of researchers
Promoting activities ofthe Working Group onInformation HandlingDissemination
DisseminationPromoting activities ofthe Working Group onInformation Handling
Dissemination
Information HandlingTraining for ResearchersTowards a More Cohesive Environment  For further details, downloads and updat...
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  1. 1. Information Handling for Researchers Towards a More Cohesive Environment Sheila Corrall
  2. 2. Presentation Overview   Mind the Skills Gap   RIN Working Group   Areas of activity   RDF and Seven Pillars   promoting good practice   data management skills   role of PhD supervisors   regional networks   Dissemination   conferences, workshops   website, downloads
  3. 3. Mind the Skills Gap   Study undertaken during 2007-2008   Mixed methodology   literature, email survey, interviews, case studies, workshop, focus groups   Multiple outputs   report, briefing, executive summary, case studies, focus groups, literature review www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/
  4. 4. Findings and Follow Up   Research information skills have not kept pace with rapid change   Training uncoordinated   not based on systematic assessment of needs   Workshop for key training providers   Expert workshop with Vitae and RCUK (2009)   led to Working Group
  5. 5. A New Advocacy GroupWorking Group on Information HandlingTerms of reference•  act as a focal point for discussion of the development of information-handling training for researchers in HE•  raise profile of such training in context of professional development for researchers at all career stages•  advocate for greater coordination and a more strategic approach to the provision of training across the UK•  become a collective interlocutor for research funders and other agencies with an interest in such training•  initiate and disseminate work to develop evidence base and advance policy and strategy at national level•  prepare joint responses to consultation exercises
  6. 6. A Coalition of PartnersStakeholder organisations in the Working Group  BAILER   JISC  British Library   JORUM  CILIP Information   RIN Literacy Group   RLUK  Digital Curation   SCONUL WG on IL Centre   UKCGE  HE Academy   UUK  Information Literacy Website   Vitae
  7. 7. RDF and Seven PillarsResearcher Development Framework (RDF)   New staged framework   supports personal, professional and career development of researcher (novice to expert)   Working group provided coordinated expert input   extending and strengthening information literacy content   Seven pillars to form basis for RDF ‘information lens’   plans for guidance booklet on info lit elements of framework www.vitae.ac.uk
  8. 8. Promoting Good Practice  Collecting examples of training courses and learning resources for the Vitae database   see www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/34837/ Database-of-practice.htm  Working with relevant stakeholders towards greater coordination and a strategic approach   e.g. Information Literacy Website, JORUM, projects  Exploring ways of encouraging more deposits to facilitate resource-sharing and re-use  Investigating means of improving facilities for effective search and retrieval of resources   e.g. creating or adapting a taxonomy and thesaurus
  9. 9. Contributingto the Vitae database
  10. 10. Showcasing good practiceContributing into the Vitae academic database libraries
  11. 11. Data Management and Information LiteracyData Management Skills Support InitiativeSummary of aims and objectives  facilitate use of the Seven Pillars Model and RDF to plan data management skills development and training  test effectiveness of tools in mapping and describing DM skills and skills development paths for PG courses  analyse and synthesise training needs and approaches  assess tools in relation to career stages and discipline- specific needs identified via the JISC RDMTrain projects  assist RDMTrain projects in describing their training materials and depositing them in relevant repositories  produce guidance and recommendations for educators, professional bodies, SCONUL, Vitae, JISC and others
  12. 12. Can the Seven Pillars be Used toDefine Data Management Skills?Methods of investigation Funding, people and and project outputs timetable  hands-on support for   co-funded by RIN, mapping JISC RDMTrain JISC and DCC materials to 7P and RDF   project managed by  on-site interviews with Joy Davidson (DCC) RDMTrain project staff with 2 RAs  case studies showing use   work scheduled from of 7P and RDF to plan PG November 2010 to data handling skills courses August 2011  career profiles showing   mapping of DM skills used by researchers training to 7P/RDFOverseen by advisory board from Feb to May
  13. 13. Research Supervisors and Information LiteracyAre PhD supervisors a ‘lost generation’?Summary of objectives  investigate current practices of PhD supervisors in supporting the development of information literacy, including their relationship with other players   e.g. graduate schools and university libraries  analyse variations across institutions and disciplines  evaluate the abilities of PhD supervisors to impart relevant skills and provide appropriate advice  identify where improvement would be beneficial  produce recommendations on developing best practice and support mechanisms as a basis for an action plan
  14. 14. What is the Role of Supervisors inDeveloping Information Literacy?Methods of investigation People, timetable and sources of data and deliverables  desktop research on   commissioned by RIN existing evidence in December 2010  strategic interviews with   contract awarded to stakeholder organisations Curtis+Cartwright  PhD supervisor survey and Cardiff University via online questionnaire   work scheduled for  research student survey January-June 2011 via online questionnaire   surveys in March   cases in April  institutional case studies via interviews/focus groups   draft report in May   final report in JuneOverseen by an expert panel
  15. 15. Launch ofNEW regionalnetwork– for peopleinterested ininformationhandling ofresearchers
  16. 16. Dissemination Raising awareness ofinformation literacy needs of researchers
  17. 17. Promoting activities ofthe Working Group onInformation HandlingDissemination
  18. 18. DisseminationPromoting activities ofthe Working Group onInformation Handling
  19. 19. Dissemination
  20. 20. Information HandlingTraining for ResearchersTowards a More Cohesive Environment  For further details, downloads and updates on our activities, please visit www.rin.ac.uk/info-handling-training  For any questions or comments arising from the presentation, please email s.m.corrall@sheffield.ac.uk  Thank you for listening!

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