Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries


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A presentation by Dr. Liz Lyon of the United Kingdom Office for Library and Information Networking, as given at LIBER's 42nd annual conference in Munich, Germany.

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  • Current position: Where we are This was determined from our 2011 DAF survey and from the k nowledge/experience of Research Data Steering Group Needed to be honest about what we were doing and where the gaps were. Difficult to do on the timescales required as we’d not rolled out our requirements survey. Objectives: Where we need to be These were re-ordered from the adapted Monash strategy and aligned with the EPSRC expectations Not all of the objects that met the Institutional needs were included in the EPSRC Roadmap Actions: How we’re going to get there These were specific with more detail Milestones: when it will be done by Requirement is to be compliant by 2015 – timescales needed to be realistic and achievable Roles and Responsibilities Responsibility spread across a number of key professional support services For each objective, operational leads were identified Everyone with an identified role was informed of this prior to the report being published As a result, a gap in the Research Data Steering Group was identified and an additional member invited to join the group How to get there Specific activities with assigned responsibilities, leads and timetables for delievery
  • Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries

    1. 1. A centre of expertise in digital information management UKOLN is supported by: Roadmaps, Roles & Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries Dr Liz Lyon, Associate Director, UK Digital Curation Centre, Director, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK LIBER Conference Munich, June 2013 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0
    2. 2. Photocredits: Flickr Teamstaufrenberger Direction of travel •Data headlines 2013 •University as a data publisher •What is the Library data offer? •Future look towards re-invention
    3. 3. Research Data Alliance 1st Plenary Gothenburg, March 2013 2nd Plenary September 2013, Washington DC Working Groups Interest Groups
    4. 4. UK government supports open data Independent review of public sector information May 2013
    5. 5. Endorses OA Open Data Charter Policy Paper 18 June 2013 G8UK
    6. 6. Policy implications for institutions Planning frameworks Roadmaps
    7. 7. • Policy Framework on Research Data 2011 • Principles and Expectations • ework.aspx Institutional Roadmaps
    8. 8. Alignment with EPSRC Expectations sition:Where we are now Objectives: Where we need to be Actions: How we’re going to get there Milestones: When it will be done by Roles and Responsibilities: Who’s responsible • Bath Research Data Sustainability Group (RDSG) • University stakeholders represented by Heads of Service/Assoc Deans •
    9. 9. Photo credits: Roles New Library data roles too  Transition from pilot RDM projects to sustainable and integrated data services Articulate business case for RDM investment….. but first….
    10. 10. • 210 respondents (3.5% response rate) : PIs, ROs, postgrads • Some preliminary findings: • Most have not had to produce a data management plan (81%) • Much data is confidential, anonymised, under non-disclosure agreements, commercially sensitive, DPA, encrypted • Data is also in non-digital form: lab notebooks, interviews • Researchers store data on Univ Bath shared filestore  • They also use Dropbox, USB sticks, home computers  • Data loss: accidental deletion, hardware failure, obsolescence • Open data is not the norm – often shared informally • Lack of recognition for data sharing and reuse is an issue Know the state-of-the- nation These findings mirror most/all institutional data surveys…
    11. 11. Understand the costs • A rather grey area….. • UK Research funder grants • Direct costs (during lifetime of grant) • Funder expectations • Long-term RDM investment an institutional responsibility
    12. 12. Bath RDM Business Case • Worked up with Neil Beagrie • Presented to V-C Group in March 2013 • Positive outcome: 2 f/t permanent posts in Library • Data Scientist & Technical Data Officer • Benefits of investment • Risks if none • Options & levels • Recommendations
    13. 13. From 300 year old print-based traditions…. ….to data informatics services & ….data-savvy staff Re-engineering… Photo Credits: Flickr Chris Walker
    14. 14. Positioning the university as a data publisher • Takes responsibility for its data products • HEI stakeholders described in 2012 (Informatics Transform) • Advocacy gap • Infrastructure gap • Reputation? • Risk?
    15. 15. Data integrity: reputations on-the-line?
    16. 16. Advocacy, Awareness, Training • Researcher awareness is low • Advocacy needed (like OA) • Change behaviour to “open by default” (G8) • Open data literacy (G8) • RDM training: Research360 & • Doctoral Training Centres • R360 RDM online learning module
    17. 17. Data Management Plans 2007 2011
    18. 18. 2013 DMP developments • New radically simplified DCC DMP Checklist with funder questions – consultation and revision • New DMP taxonomy • DMPonline tool Vs3 road-tested with researchers • Four User Roles with Use Cases • Vs 4 beta version in September • Taxonomy as basis for international DMP Profile (CERIF-compliant) development by CASRAI WG
    19. 19. Bath institutional DMP guidance Template
    20. 20. Institutional data publication services • Data repository: curation • Data catalogue: discovery • Data citation: Amsterdam Manifesto, identifiers, DOIs, ORCID, data licences • New actionable formats: data papers, data journals, + data peer review…. • Data metrics: ImpactStory • (UK REF2020?)
    21. 21. e Choice of RDM training materials for librarians Up-skilling for data
    22. 22. Developing data capability in professional services ImmersiveInformatics pilot at University of Bath Co-developed with University of Melbourne
    23. 23. July 2013 10 modules (OER) Day release Immersive data sessions in labs Co-curate dataset Keep “data diary”
    24. 24. Futures… Photo Credits:Flickr solfrost ChrisK Some closing provocations…
    25. 25. data intelligence hub 1. Every research project has a DMP 2. Library routinely provides DMP support 3. DMPs are harmonised with common core elements 4. DMPs are peer reviewed, stored, analysed and mined for data intelligence by the Library 5. DMP analytics inform institutional planning & validate research infrastructure investments
    26. 26. Data is mission-critical for Libraries 1. Library delivers core RDM services 2. Regional partnerships with collaborative and shared data infrastructure services 3. Demonstrate cost-benefits and efficiency savings 4. Data scientist, data librarian, data analyst teams 5. Transformational data service delivery modes
    27. 27. Librarians in the Lab 1. Co-locate data informatics support at the research coalface fully-integrated in research workflow 2. Data librarians listed as “co-authors” in citations with due attribution and credit 3. Recruit more LIS staff from STEM disciplines for data analysis, data visualisation, data stories 4. Data literacy in core LIS education curriculum 5. Re-invent the Library & re-invent LIS careers… Photo Credits:Flickr NASA HQ
    28. 28. Thank you ! DCC Resources ImmersiveInformatics Research360 Project at University of Bath Informatics Transform article