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Research Data Management Training and Support


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Presented by Robin Rice of EDINA/Data Library of the University of Edinburgh, at the OpenAire / LIBER Workshop, in Ghent, 28 May 2013.

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Research Data Management Training and Support

  1. 1. Research Data ManagementTraining and SupportRobin Rice, Data LibrarianEDINA and Data LibraryUniversity of EdinburghOpenAire / LIBER WorkshopGhent: 28 May 2013#elag2013
  2. 2. Overview About the Data Library University of Edinburgh RDM activity:o Research Data Management Policyo Roadmap to implement policy Data Management Support in Roadmap The DIY Research Data Management Training Kit
  3. 3. What is a data library?“A data library refers to both the content andthe services that foster use of collections ofnumeric, audio-visual, textual or geospatialdata sets for secondary use in research.”Focus on re-use of data
  4. 4. Data Library service at Edinburgh:since 1983finding…accessing …using …teaching …4ChartsBin and mkandlez on flickr
  5. 5. Data Library & consultancy
  6. 6. Where data librarians meet…Follow #iassist2013 this week!
  7. 7. U of Edinburgh’s RDM Policy Passed Senate in May, 2011 Ten brief principles Sets out roles and responsibilities Aims to enable researchers to achieve goodpractice Wide consultation organised by Library-ledcommittee set up by the Vice Principal
  8. 8. What does the policy look like?
  9. 9. Our Research Data ManagementRoadmap (to implement the policy)Involvement from across University and Information Services
  10. 10. Data Management SupportGeneral consultancy and support servicethroughout the research process
  11. 11. The Data LifecycleSlide borrowed with permission from Anthony Beitz,Monash University. Presented at OR 2012, EdinburghCollaborateConceive Design Experiment Publish ExposeAnalyseDesignDataManagementPlanningExposeNational Repository orInstitutional Repository orElectronic Journal orCommunity PortalResearch Data ManagementPlatformCollaborateExperiment PublishAnalyse
  12. 12. Supporting and trainingresearchers• Online guidance for academic staff• Embedding RDM training into postgraduateprogrammes (MANTRA); bespoke training• Awareness-raising and service roll-out acrossschools and research units• Data management consultancy; grant-costed effortsuch as in-depth planning or metadata support• Training librarians & IT staff
  13. 13. Online guidance for staff
  14. 14. Online training for PhD studentsonline training course
  15. 15. Another peak: wordle from oneMANTRA unit
  16. 16. Liaison librarian training (2012-13) Information Services staff need training to buildconfidence in engaging in RDM activity andproviding support Data Library had already created MANTRA, anonline RDM training course for PhD students Aimed to reuse MANTRA in a blended learningapproach for academic liaison librarians Idea inspired by Data Intelligence 4 Librarians andMonash University Library
  17. 17. 17Sam Searle & Robin Rice at Monash University, January 2009//
  18. 18. DIY RDM Training Kit for Librarians:CC-BY
  19. 19. Approach: pilot librarian training Librarians are professionals with ownexperience and concerns to bring to training Obtain buy-in from start, from participants aswell as their managers Small group (4 plus facilitator), private setting,plenty of time for discussion, sharing stories Emphasis on facilitation rather than teaching
  20. 20. Five topics / modules Data management planning Documenting & organising data Data storage & security Ethics & copyright Data sharingTopics of interest agreed with participatinglibrarians before start of training. Loosecorrespondence to MANTRA units.
  21. 21. Course structure: five sessions Each face to face session two hours duration Facilitated by an ‘expert’ (data librarian) Invited guest speakers to kick off each session Short talks followed by long discussions Interactive group exercises from UK DataArchive Train the Trainers workbook
  22. 22. ‘Homework’ assignments Allow 2 weeks to complete prior to session MANTRA modules & recommended reading Reflective questions to think as a researcher Independent study: Interview a researcher Write up a Data Curation Profile The first builds confidence; the second practices what we preach(sharing)
  23. 23. Contents of the training kit Overview for facilitators Course schedule Reflective questions for each session Selected group exercises from UK Data Archive Independent study assignment: Data CurationProfile, from D2C2, Purdue University Libraries Podcasts and presentations of short talks Evaluation formsAll CC-BY licensed so please reuse!
  24. 24. LinksUniversity of Edinburgh policy data guidance online training University Data Library