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Supporting the Research data management process- a guide for Librarians. .

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A presentation by John Southall, LSE Data Librarian given at the ALISS 2013 summer conference

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Supporting the Research data management process- a guide for Librarians. .

  1. 1. Supporting Evolving Research Needs ALISS One Day Summer Conference 30th July 2013
  2. 2. Supporting Research Data Management John Southall LSE Data Librarian j.southall@lse.ac.uk
  3. 3. What is it? • A concern with all the material produced during digital research • Not just the publications! • Extension of digital literacy and good research practice • Stronger input / expectations from research stakeholders
  4. 4. Roots of RDM • Digital realm • Expansion in research and research collaboration in academia • Digital media drawbacks • Inflexible formats • Easily lost • Lack organisation • Short-termism
  5. 5. Growth of RDM • Digital media strengths • Easily stored • Produces perfect copies • Great potential for sharing, re-use • Evolution of digital literacy • More data being made available
  6. 6. Practical examples • Documents, spreadsheets • Research notebooks/Codebooks • Questionnaires, transcripts, • Audio, images & videotapes • Resource: UK Data Archive / UK Data Service
  7. 7. Research Data Objects • Acquired or generated during the research process • Databases • Standard operating procedures, guidelines or protocols • Metadata - context
  8. 8. Language of Research Data Management • Type - Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed • Terms - created or converted • Formats - alternatives • Proprietary • Non-proprietary • Obsolete • Greater involvement in research process • Resource: University of Leicester RDM
  9. 9. A Wider Area for Support • Data underlies publications and merits as much attention • It will be archived and accessible • Preservation and multiple use depends on curation of data • Avoid some of the pitfalls of working with digital data
  10. 10. Understanding the research process • Where do we contribute? • Discuss their research activity • Assess needs • Identify opportunities to assist • Overcome reluctance about RDM • Wider institutional support mechanisms
  11. 11. Common Themes • Storage and preservation issues • Metadata • Research Ethics • of data creation • and sharing • Data Management Plan and Planning
  12. 12. ‘The Plan’ • Describes the research data being created or collected • Key responsibilities • How the data will be organised • Documentation during the collection and analysis phase
  13. 13. Other aspects of ‘The Plan’ • Policy on data storage and security • Facilities and equipment? • Ownership and access rights • Long term availability • Plan v. Planning • Resource: Digital Curation Centre
  14. 14. More Common Areas for Support • Building on advice during initial research • Developing funding proposals • Advising/ being aware of digital, data or RDM issues • Advising/ being aware of ethical and legal issues
  15. 15. Ethical and Legal issues • Research Ethics • Access Restrictions • Participatory / Confidentiality agreements • Ethics Committees and Informed Consent • Responsible Conduct • Legal Issues • Usage conditions • Data Protection FOI Legislation • Researcher aware and confident
  16. 16. Other Resources • Edinburgh Data Library – Mantra • University of Bristol – Data.bris • University of Oxford – Damaro • Support Agencies: JISC
  17. 17. Key Elements • What is your data? • What data will you collect and wish to keep? • Will it be kept for the short or long term • How will you describe this data to enable future access? (metadata) • Where will it will be stored? • Who will and will not have access to it? • How will that access be managed?
  18. 18. Supporting Research Through RDM • Answer this question "What would you do if you lost your research data tomorrow?” • Not just compliance • Help researchers complete their work • Share data and results • Get credit for what they have done

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