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Sharing the load – librarians andresearch data support servicesStephen Grace, Research Services LibrarianM25 Conference, W...
Outline1. Context at UEL2. Why librarians, and the skills gap3. Learning resource “supportDM”4. Setting up an RDM support ...
UEL and data management• Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following„Keeping Research Data Safe‟ report• Recruited Research ...
UEL and data management - 2• Training covered in Jisc-funded projectcalled TraD – Training for DataManagement at UEL – wit...
Why are libraries leading RDM?• Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-led – not all, and often working inconjunction w...
Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh“Powerful synergies exist between the longstandinglibrary commitment to open access and...
Skills gap for librarians• Ability to advise on preserving research outputs• Knowledge to advise on data management andcur...
Help yourself with supportDM• Xerte training course of 5 modules1. Introduction to RDM2. Guidance and support to researche...
Online: Roles and players
Exercise: Matching data
RDM Website reviewUniversity of LeicestersupportDM Module 2Task: Review an RDM website
What the site coversThe site is split into the following sections:• Data management support• Creating data• Organising dat...
The tone, language, lookTone and language• Formal approach buteasily understandableLayout and presentation• Very clear sec...
What we could use/copy at UEL• All of it!
Beg, steal or borrow• Other support websites• Existing university RDM policies• DCC publications• Tools and techniques fro...
Websites
RDM policies
DCC publications
Tools and techniques
Training materials
Exercise1. Offer research datamanagement support2. Provide metadata servicesfor research data3. Develop professional staff...
Feedback from exercise• Things we could do • Things we can‟t – orshouldn‟t
Summary• Libraries are ideal partners to share thedata load of researchers• Plenty of existing material will help you gets...
TraD is a Jisc-funded project of Library andLearning Services at the University of East London.The supportDM course was de...
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Sharing the load: librarians and research data support services

  1. 1. Sharing the load – librarians andresearch data support servicesStephen Grace, Research Services LibrarianM25 Conference, Wellcome Collection, 23 April 2013
  2. 2. Outline1. Context at UEL2. Why librarians, and the skills gap3. Learning resource “supportDM”4. Setting up an RDM support service
  3. 3. UEL and data management• Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following„Keeping Research Data Safe‟ report• Recruited Research Services Librarianwith prior expertise in digital curation• Responded to EPSRC letter by drafting apolicy adopted March 2012• Bespoke support under DCC‟s InstitutionalEngagement
  4. 4. UEL and data management - 2• Training covered in Jisc-funded projectcalled TraD – Training for DataManagement at UEL – with four strands:– Reuse MANTRA for Psychology profdocs– Create a course for Geoinformatics MSc– Run workshops on good RDM practice– Devise “supportDM” course for thosesupporting researchers, tested with subjectlibrarians at UEL
  5. 5. Why are libraries leading RDM?• Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-led – not all, and often working inconjunction with IT and/or Research Office• Close to researchers as library users• Data are a form of information – and whois better at managing information?• Libraries are trusted partners committed tolong-term scientific/scholarly endeavour
  6. 6. Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh“Powerful synergies exist between the longstandinglibrary commitment to open access and thephilosophy of open science, between theprinciples underpinning library collectionmanagement and emerging protocols for curatingdigital data, between the track record of libraries intechnology adoption and systems developmentand the complex demands for integratedinfrastructure and novel workflows, and betweenthe teaching mission of librarians and theeducational agenda for e-research.”Corrall, Sheila (2012), "Roles and responsibilities: libraries, librarians and data", In: Pryor, G.(ed.), Managing research data. Facet Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85604-756-2.
  7. 7. Skills gap for librarians• Ability to advise on preserving research outputs• Knowledge to advise on data management andcuration, includingingest, discovery, access, dissemination, preservation, andportability• Knowledge to support researchers in complying with the variousmandates of funders, including open access requirements• Knowledge to advise on potential data manipulation tools used inthe discipline/ subject• Knowledge to advise on data mining• Knowledge to advocate, and advise on, the use of metadata• Ability to advise on the preservation of project records e.g.correspondence• Knowledge of sources of research funding to assist researchersto identify potential funders• Skills to develop metadata schema, and advise ondiscipline/subject standards and practices, for individualresearch projectsTaken from Auckland, Mary (2012), Reskilling for Research. RLUK.
  8. 8. Help yourself with supportDM• Xerte training course of 5 modules1. Introduction to RDM2. Guidance and support to researchers3. Data Management Plans4. What data to keep, and why5. Cataloguing and sharing data• Supporting materials –presentations, exercises, tasks, videos, Xerte modules – for blended or self-learning
  9. 9. Online: Roles and players
  10. 10. Exercise: Matching data
  11. 11. RDM Website reviewUniversity of LeicestersupportDM Module 2Task: Review an RDM website
  12. 12. What the site coversThe site is split into the following sections:• Data management support• Creating data• Organising data• Keeping data• Finding and sharing data• Training• Advice, support and feedback
  13. 13. The tone, language, lookTone and language• Formal approach buteasily understandableLayout and presentation• Very clear sections whichfollow logically the datamanagement process• As the sections are clearit is easy to go straight tothe required part of theprocess• Contact details visible onthe front page
  14. 14. What we could use/copy at UEL• All of it!
  15. 15. Beg, steal or borrow• Other support websites• Existing university RDM policies• DCC publications• Tools and techniques from Jisc-fundedMRD projects• Training material for librarians fromsupportDM, RDMRose and MANTRA• Videos
  16. 16. Websites
  17. 17. RDM policies
  18. 18. DCC publications
  19. 19. Tools and techniques
  20. 20. Training materials
  21. 21. Exercise1. Offer research datamanagement support2. Provide metadata servicesfor research data3. Develop professional staffskills for data librarianship4. Institutional research datapolicy5. Interoperable infrastructurefor data access, discoveryand sharing6. Services forstorage, discovery andpermanent access7. Promote research datacitation by applying persistentidentifiers to research data8. Provide an institutional DataCatalogue or Repository9. Get involved in subject-specific data managementpractice10. Storage for dynamic andstatic research data in co-operation with ITLIBER (2012), Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research datamanagement.http://www.libereurope.eu/sites/default/files/The%20research%20data%20group%202012%20v7%20final.pdf
  22. 22. Feedback from exercise• Things we could do • Things we can‟t – orshouldn‟t
  23. 23. Summary• Libraries are ideal partners to share thedata load of researchers• Plenty of existing material will help you getstarted, and gain researchers‟ confidence• Your university needs data curators (datamanagers, data librarians)• And so does the one down the road…
  24. 24. TraD is a Jisc-funded project of Library andLearning Services at the University of East London.The supportDM course was developed by UEL andthe Digital Curation Centre.Stephen GraceEmail s.grace@uel.ac.ukWeb www.uel.ac.uk/trad/Blog datamanagementuel.wordpress.comThank you

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