Research Data Management: Policy Development

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Research Data Management: Policy Development

  1. 1. RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT:POLICY DEVELOPMENTTutorial: Addressing Institutional Research Data ManagementIstanbul, 7-8 May, 2013Robin RiceData LibrarianUniversity of Edinburgh
  2. 2. The policy for management of research data wasapproved by the University Court on 16 May, 2011.Vice-Principal Jeff Haywood was a champion for theUniversity of Edinburgh to develop the first (?) RDMpolicy in the UKUniversity Research DataManagement Policy
  3. 3. Pressure for change(slide from IDCC 2010 – out of date now!) Research fundersseeking to add value Publishers respondingto demand Public wanting accessto publicly funded data Universities reluctant tostep up to challenge?3Wwarby on flickr
  4. 4. Jeff Haywood, Research Integrity, London - Sept 2011 4LEVELPhDstudentuniversityresearchteamindividualresearchersupra-universityWhere do I safely keep mydata from my fieldwork, asI travel home?How can I best keepyears worth of researchdata secure andaccessible for when I andothers need to re-use it?How do we ensurecompliance to funders’requirement for severalyears of open access todata?How do we ensure we haveaccess to our research dataafter some of the teamhave left?How can ourresearchcollaborations sharedata, and make themavailable oncecomplete?Seeking win + win + win + win + win……
  5. 5. Drivers influencing the policy Recent adoption of the Code of Practice forResearch (UK Research Integrity Office, 2009) bythe university’s research office, obligating theinstitution to provide support for retention andaccess to data underlying published research. ‘Climategate’ email review at East Anglia Universityhighlighting the reputational risk and legalaccountability associated with staff not beingforthcoming in response to Freedom of Information(FOI) requests for data from the public. 5
  6. 6. Developing an RDM policy Know the drivers for your own institution andpractice the art of persuasion. Convince yourself. Generate broad, inclusive discussion about rolesand responsibilities. Don’t rush it. How big is your kirk? Seek alliances actively. Who is your high-level champion? Who are youracademic champions? Who will draft the words? Agree a style – aspirational? mandate? legal? Undertake a service gap analysis; plan to address. Take advantage of side benefits, even if notultimately successful. (Means > end?) Postcard from the future: what will it achieve?
  7. 7. Links University data policyhttp://www.ed.ac.uk/is/research-data-policy Research data support pageshttp://www.ed.ac.uk/is/data-library R.Rice at ed.ac.uk

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