Research Data and the Role ofUniversity LibrariesJohn Murtagh, Research Data ManagementOfficer, Library and Learning Servi...
Outline1. Context at UEL2. Why librarians, and the skills gap3. Learning resource “supportDM”4. Setting up an RDM support ...
Lovely Acronyms• RDM = Research Data Management• Jisc = Joint Information ServicesCommittee• EPSRC = Engineering & Physica...
UEL and data management• Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following„Keeping Research Data Safe‟ Report• Responded to EPSRC ...
Why is it important (now)?
Funders want wider access to researchthey paid for – starting to demandaccesshttp://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-leg...
26/04/2013© The University of SheffieldPrevention/detection of fraud
26/04/2013 © The University of SheffieldSharing and publishing Data• Growing interest in publishingdata papers which can b...
Benefits of sharing dataImage from Journal of Open Psychology Data, © Ubiquity
Why are Universities involved?• Public pressure - E.g. The British MedicalJournal’s open data campaign to achieveindepende...
Why are Universities involved?• IT Services – face increasing demands forstorage and support and cloud storage for largere...
Why are libraries involved?• Academics need help• Libraries have sought involvement• Libraries have permanence, infrastruc...
What will/might librarians do?• Help with data management plans• Data repositories, and help in transferringto data archiv...
Why are libraries leading RDM?• Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-led – not all, and often working inconjunction w...
What is the TraD project?• Embedding good RDM practice at UEL– Training doctoral students in Psychology– Training MSc taug...
Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh“Powerful synergies exist between thelongstanding library commitment to openaccess and ...
TraD is a Jisc-funded project of Library andLearning Services at the University of East London.With the support of the Dig...
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  • Jisc works on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies.DCC is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK's higher education research community.
  • Keeping Research Data Safe was a two phase report which investigated the medium to long term costs to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the preservation of research data and developed guidance to HEFCE and institutions on these issues.In April 2011, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)set out its research data management expectations for institutions in receipt of EPSRC grant funding, which included the development of an institutional ‘Roadmap’. The expectations arise from seven core principles which align with the core RCUK principles on data sharing. Two of the principles are of particular importance: firstly, that publicly funded research data should generally be made as widely and freely available as possible in a timely and responsible manner; and, secondly, that the research process should not be damaged by the inappropriate release of such data.
  • Geoinformatics is interesting in that it is using data and overlaying it to geography.
  • Research Data and the Role of University Libraries

    1. 1. Research Data and the Role ofUniversity LibrariesJohn Murtagh, Research Data ManagementOfficer, Library and Learning ServicesLondon Information & Knowledge Exchange 25 April 2013
    2. 2. Outline1. Context at UEL2. Why librarians, and the skills gap3. Learning resource “supportDM”4. Setting up an RDM support service
    3. 3. Lovely Acronyms• RDM = Research Data Management• Jisc = Joint Information ServicesCommittee• EPSRC = Engineering & PhysicalSciences Research Council• RCUK = umbrella organisation ofResearch Councils UK• DCC – Digital Curation Centre
    4. 4. UEL and data management• Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following„Keeping Research Data Safe‟ Report• Responded to EPSRC letter by drafting apolicy - adopted March 2012• Bespoke support under DCC‟s InstitutionalEngagement programme
    5. 5. Why is it important (now)?
    6. 6. Funders want wider access to researchthey paid for – starting to demandaccesshttp://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies
    7. 7. 26/04/2013© The University of SheffieldPrevention/detection of fraud
    8. 8. 26/04/2013 © The University of SheffieldSharing and publishing Data• Growing interest in publishingdata papers which can be citedin a similar method to normalpapers via DOI‟s• DataCite (www.datacite.org) isan example of generating DOIsfor data citation• New Journal of OpenPsychology Data (Ubiquitypress)• Such papers describe what thedata is, how it was collected,methodology, variables,suggested reuse and a link tothe actual data• Get academic credit for sharingdata
    9. 9. Benefits of sharing dataImage from Journal of Open Psychology Data, © Ubiquity
    10. 10. Why are Universities involved?• Public pressure - E.g. The British MedicalJournal’s open data campaign to achieveindependent scrutiny of data from clinical trials• Researchers themselves – research integrityfor prevention/detection of fraud in research(replicable results of data)• Universities (obligations to research record andassets) Research Data Policies – Edinburgh toOxford to UEL
    11. 11. Why are Universities involved?• IT Services – face increasing demands forstorage and support and cloud storage for largeresearch data sets• Research Offices need to ensure compliancewith Funder grants, monitor DMPs and asguarantors for funding e.g. EPSRC• Libraries’ natural role of knowledge exchangeand information expertise.
    12. 12. Why are libraries involved?• Academics need help• Libraries have sought involvement• Libraries have permanence, infrastructureand staff• Librarians have relevant skills• Will also involve IT, Research Offices etc.
    13. 13. What will/might librarians do?• Help with data management plans• Data repositories, and help in transferringto data archives• Quality metadata• Appraisal of datasets – what to keep?• Training and guidance
    14. 14. Why are libraries leading RDM?• Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-led – not all, and often working inconjunction with IT and/or Research Office• Close to researchers as library users• Data are a form of information – librariansmanage information• Libraries are trusted partners (impartial)&we committed to long-termscientific/scholarly endeavour
    15. 15. What is the TraD project?• Embedding good RDM practice at UEL– Training doctoral students in Psychology– Training MSc taught students in Geo-informatics– Generic workshop in Graduate School– Training course for liaison librarians• Create, deliver and evaluate materials• Seek to adopt in curricula and trainingprogrammes
    16. 16. Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh“Powerful synergies exist between thelongstanding library commitment to openaccess and the philosophy of open science,between the principles underpinning librarycollection management and emerging protocolsfor curating digital data, between the track recordof libraries in technology adoption and systemsdevelopment and the complex demands forintegrated infrastructure and novel workflows,and between the teaching mission of librariansand the educational agenda for e-research.”Corrall, Sheila (2012), "Roles and responsibilities: libraries, librarians and data", In: Pryor, G.(ed.), Managing research data. Facet Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85604-756-2.
    17. 17. TraD is a Jisc-funded project of Library andLearning Services at the University of East London.With the support of the Digital Curation Centre.John MurtaghEmail j.p.murtagh@uel.ac.ukWeb www.uel.ac.uk/trad/Blog datamanagementuel.wordpress.comThank you

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