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… because good research needs good data          Definitions of Research Data                    in the Arts              ...
… because good research needs good data                            Current Situation…     • There are some definitions of ...
… because good research needs good data                             data.bris Definition     • http://vocab.bris.ac.uk/dat...
… because good research needs good data                                        FOI Definition     • http://www.lawgazette....
… because good research needs good data                                 CAIRO Definition     • http://www.projectcairo.org...
… because good research needs good data                              Challenging Areas     • Kaptur sees research data in ...
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Definitions of Research Data in the Arts

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Presentation given at Kaptur project workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research DataFriday, 14 September 2012, HEFCE, London. Part of the 'Where's the data? Were's the use?' session

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Definitions of Research Data in the Arts

  1. 1. … because good research needs good data Definitions of Research Data in the Arts • Marieke Guy • Institutional Support Officer, DCC • m.guy@ukoln.ac.uk This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  2. 2. … because good research needs good data Current Situation… • There are some definitions of ‘research data’ out there • There is some consensus especially regarding data sets • Often defined by institution for policy • But few of these definitions are appropriate to research data in the arts This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  3. 3. … because good research needs good data data.bris Definition • http://vocab.bris.ac.uk/data/glossary/ “Research data is digital information created in the course of research but which isnt a published research output. Research data excludes purely administrative records. The highest priority research data is that which underpins a research output.” This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  4. 4. … because good research needs good data FOI Definition • http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in- practice/freedom-information-and-datasets “It is factual information which (a) is not the product of interpretation or analysis other than calculation…and (b) is not an official statistic… and it remains presented in a way that has not been organised, adapted or otherwise materially altered since it was obtained or recorded” This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  5. 5. … because good research needs good data CAIRO Definition • http://www.projectcairo.org/ “Within the creative arts research data is evidence of an identified research activity… Research data includes preparatory, unfinished and supportive work in digital form in addition to data relating to completed works.” This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by: ”Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  6. 6. … because good research needs good data Challenging Areas • Kaptur sees research data in the arts as: • Tangible and intangible • Heterogeneous and infinite • Complex and complicated • Digital and physical • “…no fundamental separation exist between theory and practice in the arts” Borgdorff et al This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  7. 7. … because good research needs good data Other Definitions… • University of Edinburgh http://bit.ly/aGXhiY • Monash University http://www.researchdata.monash.edu/resourc es/dataleaflet.pdf • Australian National Data Service (ANDS) http://ands.org.au/guides/what-is-research- data.html This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  8. 8. … because good research needs good data Activity • Consider the kinds of digital material that researchers create for their own use during a publicly funded project (e.g. AHRC). • How well does the definition you have been given fit your examples? • Choose one definition to report back on its pros and cons • Feedback This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012
  9. 9. … because good research needs good data Thanks Any questions? Marieke Guy – m.guy@ukoln.ac.uk http://www.dcc.ac.uk This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Funded by:Kultur Workshop, Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, 14 September 2012

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