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History data management staff development

  1. 1. History DMPChris Awre and Richard GreenDepartment of History Staff Development event, 18 January 2012
  2. 2. History DMP• JISC-funded project – October 2011 – March 2012• Aim to develop a data management plan for use within the Department – Explore technical options for putting this into practice locally – Develop case studies as exemplars of how such a data management plan might be used• Partnership between History and Library and Learning Innovation History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 2
  3. 3. History and data• There is a lot of data in History research, e.g., – Transatlantic slave database – History of marine animal populations (HMAP) – UK economic statistics 1066 – present – Biographical detail of officers in the German armed forces in the 17th and 18th centuries• Simply holding this for the research requires some level of management• Data Curation Centre – “because good research needs good data” History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 3
  4. 4. Why manage data?• Data as research output – Data itself can be a valid research output and needs to be well managed for presentation and assessment• Transparency of research – Good data management allows process of research to be transparent, adding validity and integrity• Data security and accuracy – Data management is not just for outputs, but can support research practice itself History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 4
  5. 5. Data Management Plan• A set of questions, with associated guidance – Presentation options to be determined• Addresses issues such as: – Roles and responsibilities – Documentation and metadata – Formatting – Storing – Legal aspects • Ethics, consent, copyright – Sharing History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 5
  6. 6. Why a data management plan?• DMPs are a way of supporting data management throughout the research process• Applying for grants – Many funders now require a statement of how data generated will be managed• During research – A DMP can help inform how data generated or gathered can be best managed• Disseminating research – A DMP can guide how data can be shared where appropriate, to increase its value and meet funder requirements History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 6
  7. 7. DMP and research• The DMP is an aid to supporting the management of data – It does not cover the collection of data• The DMP is a tool that can support data education and training – A component of wider activity• DMPs can be applied at individual, project, departmental, or institutional level – History DMP is focused on a departmental DMP • This can then be adapted as required History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 7
  8. 8. Gathering requirements• It is essential that the DMP is informed by the data management requirements that exist within the Department• Gathering input via – Interviews – Focus groups (of which there is one today) – Steering Group (involving David and Peter)• Thank you to all who have given your time• Evidence collected suggests – Data management is needed, and does take place – There is a wide variety of data types and formats within the Department – Guidance on options would be welcome History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 8
  9. 9. History DMP timetable• Focus group today – All welcome• Development of draft data management plan – Input welcome to provide feedback as we go along• Technical development – Enhancing local Hydra repository to better manage datasets• Case studies – Specific case studies identified, though others willing to apply the DMP as a case study are welcome History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 9
  10. 10. Thank you• Contacts• Chris Awre (Head of Information Management, LLI) – c.awre@hull.ac.uk• Richard Green (Project Manager) – r.green@hull.ac.uk• John Nicholls (Project Officer) – j.nicholls@hull.ac.uk History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 10
  11. 11. History DMP focus group• Thank you for your time• Your input will make the data management plan as useful as it can be for you and the Department• We have a set of prompt questions, but… – Please take the discussion where you think it needs to go• We will run for no more than an hour – Unless you’d like to pursue the discussion! History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 12
  12. 12. Question• What sort of data does your research give rise to? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 13
  13. 13. Question• What have you done with your data that has worked well for you in managing it? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 14
  14. 14. Question• What requirements are you addressing with your data currently? – Funder? – Institutional? – Research community? – …• What issues have you encountered in seeking to meet these requirements? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 15
  15. 15. Question• What are the current prospects for your data?• What would you like to be able to do with your data? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 16
  16. 16. Question• How might a data management plan assist you in your research? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 17
  17. 17. Question• How would you find it easiest to engage with a data management plan – Format? – Coverage? History DMP| 18 January 2012 | 18