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What is Research Data Management? UAL

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Presentation given at University of the Arts, London, DCC101, 19th November 2012

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What is Research Data Management? UAL

  1. 1. … because good research needs good data What is Research Data Management? Marieke Guy Institutional Support Officer, DCC m.guy@ukoln.ac.uk University of the Arts, London, 19th November 2012This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: ScotlandLicense. 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: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  2. 2. … because good research needs good dataThe Digital Curation Centre (DCC)• Is a consortium comprising units from the Universities of Bath (UKOLN), Edinburgh (DCC Centre) and Glasgow (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute - HATII)• launched 1st March 2004 as a national centre for solving challenges in digital curation that could not be tackled by any single institution or discipline• funded by JISC• with additional HEFCE funding from 2011 for • the provision of support to national cloud services • targeted institutional development Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  3. 3. … because good research needs good data The DCC mission Funded by:University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  4. 4. … because good research needs good data What is research data? …whatever is produced in research or evidences its outputs • Facts, statistics • Qualitative & quantitative • Not published research output • Discipline“highest priority research data is that which specificunderpins a research output” Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  5. 5. … because good research needs good data CAIRO definition“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.”Curating Artistic Research Output (CAIRO) http://www.projectcairo.org/ Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  6. 6. … because good research needs good dataDefinition issues for arts institutions • Kaptur project (http://www.vads.ac.uk/kaptur/) sees research data in the visual 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 Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  7. 7. Research data: … because good research needs good data institutional crown jewels? Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifes__too_short__to__drink__cheap__wine/4754234186 /
  8. 8. … because good research needs good data Policy • Public good • Preservation • Discovery • Confidentiality • First use • Recognition • Public funding Funded by:University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  9. 9. … because good research needs good data EPSRC expects all those institutions it funds:•to develop a roadmap that aligns their policies and processeswith EPSRC’s expectations by 1st May 2012;•to be fully compliant with these expectations by 1st May 2015.http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/standards/researchdata/Pages/expectations.aspx Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  10. 10. … because good research needs good data Funded by:University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  11. 11. … because good research needs good data Funder requirementshttp://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  12. 12. … because good research needs good data Data sharing: Incremental project “Data sharing was“While many researchers are positive more readilyabout sharing data in principle, theyare almost universally reluctant in discussed bypractice. ..... using these data to early careerpublish results before anyone else is researchers.”the primary way of gaining prestige innearly all disciplines.” Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  13. 13. … because good research needs good data RDM drivers External• Government Open Agenda• Public pressure – data as a public good• Changes in funders’ data policies• Institutional need for better research integrity; REF• Best practice• Desire to be good and a well-cited researcher Internal Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  14. 14. … because good research needs good data Data issues• Scale and complexity – volume, pace, infrastructure• Quality of data• Reputation – FOI, DPA, computer misuse• Management – Storage, incentive, costs & sustainability• Openness• Preservation• Partnerships• Funding for researchers Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  15. 15. … because good research needs good dataWhat is research data management? “the active management and appraisal of data over the Manage lifecycle of scholarly and scientific interest” Data management is part of Share good research practice Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  16. 16. … because good research needs good data What is involved in RDM?• Data management planning• Creating data• Documenting data• Storing data• Sharing data• Preserving data Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  17. 17. … because good research needs good dataGood data management is about making informed decisions Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  18. 18. … because good research needs good data •How to… • Appraise and Select Research Data • Cite Datasets and Link to Publications • Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan • License Research Data • Set a RDM service – coming soon! Funded by:How to cite data University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  19. 19. … because good research needs good data Activities at UAL• Ongoing involvement in JISC Kaptur project• Surveys/interviews of researchers• UAL policy & RDM area on web site• UAL data management planning template• Funder requirements document• Training & advocacy• Clarification of roles• Exploration of use of Datastage-eprints-Figshare by: Funded University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  20. 20. … because good research needs good data UAL RDM policy: principles• The University affirms its commitment to data management as a core academic activity, and a key element of good research practice.• Research data will be managed to the highest standards as part of the University’s commitment to research excellence.• The University will provide mechanisms and services for storage, backup, registration, deposit and retention of research data assets in support of current and future access, during and after completion of research projects. Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  21. 21. … because good research needs good dataUAL RDM policy: principles cont…• The University acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that researchers meet the stipulations of funders, and to support the needs of researchers.• The University notes its institutional responsibility to manage Freedom of Information requests, including those relating to research data.• The University believes that planning and communicating data management activities throughout the research lifecycle leads to better results.• Also looks at workflow, roles & responsibilities Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  22. 22. … because good research needs good data RDM area of UAL web sitehttp://www.arts.ac.uk/research/data-management/ Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  23. 23. … because good research needs good data DMPOnline• Requirement to produce Data Management Plans (DMPs) as part of bid process• DMP Online enables you to build and edit DMPs according to the requirements stipulated by the major UK funders• Development of a UAL version of DMP Online software Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  24. 24. … because good research needs good data Good first steps..• Simple, accessible, visual guidance for creating and managing data• Pointers to local and external resources, illustrated fact sheets, checklists and FAQs giving solutions to researchers’ common concerns• Practical data management training with discipline- specific examples and assisted by local champions• Connections between researchers and support staff, offering advice and guidance from the proposal writing stage Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012
  25. 25. … because good research needs good data Any questions?For DCC guidance, tools and case studies see: www.dcc.ac.uk/resourcesFollow us on twitter @digitalcuration and #ukdcc Funded by: University of the Arts, DCC101, London, 19th November 2012

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