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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  • 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
  • Roots of RDM Digital realm Expansion in research and research collaboration in academia Digital media drawbacks Inflexible formats Easily lost Lack organisation Short-termism
  • 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
  • Practical Examples Documents, spreadsheets Research notebooks/Codebooks Questionnaires, transcripts, Audio, images & videotapes Resource: UK Data Archive / UK Data Service
  • Typical research data Objects Acquired or generated during the research process Databases Standard operating procedures, guidelines or protocols Metadata - context
  • Language of RDM Type - Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Terms - created or converted Formats - alternatives Proprietary Non-proprietary Obsolete Greater involvement in research process
  • 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
  • Understanding the research process Where do we contribute? Stages for library in research process to consider/reflect upon Discuss their research activity Assess needs Identify opportunities to assist Overcome reluctance about RDM See where library fits into wider institutional support mechanisms Resource
  • Common Themes Storage and preservation issues Metadata Research Ethics of data creation and sharing Data Management Plan and Planning Resource mantra
  • 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
  • Other aspects of the plan Policy on data storage and security What facilities and equipment will be required Ownership and access rights Long Term availability : How the data will be preserved and made available in the long term once research is completed Plan v. Planning Resource: Digital Curation Centre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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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