Research Data Management: What is it and why is the Library & Archives Service involved?
Research Data Management What is it and why is the Library & Archives Service involved?Gareth KnightRDM Support Service Project Manager16 July 2012
What is Research Data? "That which is collected, observed, or created in a digital form, for purposes of analysing to produce original research results." University of Edinburghhttp://www.ed.ac.uk/schools‐departments/information‐services/services/research‐support/data‐library/data‐repository/definitions “Data are facts, observations or experiences on which an argument, theory or test is based. Data may be numerical, descriptive or visual. Data may be raw or analysed, experimental or observational." University of Melbourne http://research.unimelb.edu.au/integrity/conduct/data/review
Research Data Collection A Research Data Collection may include: Contextual information on the research activity Who performed the project? What questions did they seek to answer? When did they perform it? How was it funded? Data gathered or generated as part of the research process Raw data gathered or generated Processed data (e.g. normalised, anonymised value) Contextual information on the gathered/generated data Codebooks Technical, structural, Provenance, Rights metadata records E‐mailsResearch Documentation that describe the research activity & conclusion Interim/final reports, published/unpublished papers, Presentations
Why does digital data need to be managed? Data produced by a research project can have long‐term value for purposes beyond that envisaged by the creatorDestruction/ corruption Data RenderingWhat the heck is a file My colour coding changes I/O error? when I use the latest version of the software!Data Loss Data SharingWhere the heck did I Who is allowed to see the put that file? data? How can it be analysed? UK Data ArchiveAccess issuesWhere do I find an old Lack of context What’s the latest version of copy of that software this data? What the heck does tool? this spreadsheet column mean? However there are risks...
Key drivers for data management and publication Funder Mandates Open Access/Data Studies Give me your data!!Researcher Demand Research Scandals
What does LAS know about Data Management? Label & catalogueProvide access & Organisational support use Managed storage Structure
Research Data Management Support Service• Research Data Working Group set up in Feb 2010 to determine how good research practice could be promoted in institution• Three‐year project to establish a Research Data Management Support Service (RDMSS)• Funded by Wellcome Trust Infrastructure development fund
Documentation Research Data Research Data ManagementManagement Roadmap Policy
Data Management Practices Survey Survey project/group leaders, researchers, Data Managers, and IT support staff Key Questions• What type of data do you create & store?• How do you organise and label it?• Where do you store it?• How do you use your data?• How can we help you to better manage your data?Methods:• Online questionnaire• One‐to‐one interviews• Group interviews
RDM Guidance material• Develop a Research Data Management microsite to support LSHTM researchers• Guidance framed around several lifecycles: – Funding: Preparation, funded period, post‐project – Data: Contemporary, obsolete format – Record: Active, semi‐active, Inactive (possibly)• Several topics covered during lifecycle: – Developing Data Management Plan – Data labelling – Metadata• Guidance tailored to institutional services, subject domains and health‐related data & metadata formats• Material produced over several stages of development
RDM training material• Producing teaching material on various topics related to RDM – Presentation slides, – presentation notes, – practical exercises• May be tailored for different audiences: – Domain independent for library & archives staff – Subject specific for tutors in each faculty
Research Tools Aim to scope, develop/repurpose and implement software toolsto simplify process of managing & publishing researcher data
Thank You for your attention! QuestionsGareth Knight.RDM Support Service Project ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org