The DCC: Helping you curate your reputation


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Presented by Kevin Ashley at the JISC Future of Research Conference, 19th October 2010

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  • ot just about opennness – think of seismic, drug industry. Protected data, but needs to be reused in other parts of company, or many years after creation when originators have gone. Need to know what you have & how to use it.
  • The DCC: Helping you curate your reputation

    1. 1. The DCC: helping you curate your reputation Kevin Ashley Director, DCC [email_address]
    2. 2. Why care about research data? <ul><li>Data is expensive – an investment </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching & Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Impact – with or without publication </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Legal requirements </li></ul>
    3. 3. One approach to reputation management <ul><li> </li></ul>
    4. 4. Two sides to reputation <ul><li>Managing threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questionable research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suspected fraud </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhancing the positive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showcasing outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlighting collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrating reuse </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Path to Nirvana <ul><li>Good practice key to both </li></ul><ul><li>Supported nationally & locally </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers key; but institution important before and after </li></ul><ul><li>Planning; costing; curating; access; ethics… </li></ul>
    6. 6. Where can it happen Global, international Nationally Institution By Subject Research Group
    7. 9. 1. Leadership 2. Policy 3. Planning 4. Audit 6. Repositories & Quality assurance 8. Access & Re-use 10. Community building 9. Training & skills Data Informatics Top 10 5. Engagement 7. Sustainability
    8. 10. Tools to aid planning
    9. 11. 4. Audit/Assessment <ul><li>Dealing with Data: Rec 4 </li></ul>Benefits: Prioritisation of resources Capacity development and planning Efficiency savings – move data to more cost-effective storage Manage risks associated with data loss Realise value through improved access & re-use Scale: Departments, institutions
    10. 12. 6. Repositories
    11. 13. 9. Training & Skills <ul><li>DC 101 + DC 101 Lite courses </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures + hands-on </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: researchers, information professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Curation Lifecycle Model + research project scenario </li></ul><ul><li>Online version in prep. </li></ul><ul><li>“ excellent : probably the best course I have been on since starting my role as an Informatics Liaison Officer” </li></ul>Dealing with Data : Rec 33
    12. 14. 10. Community-building <ul><li>Bring diverse groups together: data centre and IR managers, librarians, funders, policy makers, researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate co-operation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange experience and best practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Data Management Forum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) Roles & Responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Value & Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International Digital Curation Conference </li></ul><ul><li>DCC roadshows – institution focus. First in Bath, 2-4 November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>IJDC </li></ul>Dealing with Data : Rec 5
    13. 15. Making tools production-ready <ul><li>Take tools from CS & informatics groups </li></ul><ul><li>Work on UI, robustness </li></ul><ul><li>Promote for daily use </li></ul><ul><li>Database archiver, database wiki, database-as-service </li></ul>
    14. 16. Liaison <ul><li>Bridge between IT services, libraries, researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge between publishers, researchers, national libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Helping funders understand institutional cost of data curation </li></ul>
    15. 18. Research Data and Reputation <ul><li>Know what you’ve got </li></ul><ul><li>Know who was responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Know what’s yours that’s elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Know what is being done with it </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and measure its value </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate the knowledge to do more of it </li></ul>