Research Data and the Role of
John Murtagh, Research Data Management
Officer, Library and Learning Services
London Information & Knowledge Exchange 25 April 2013
1. Context at UEL
2. Why librarians, and the skills gap
3. Learning resource “supportDM”
4. Setting up an RDM support service
• RDM = Research Data Management
• Jisc = Joint Information Services
• EPSRC = Engineering & Physical
Sciences Research Council
• RCUK = umbrella organisation of
Research Councils UK
• DCC – Digital Curation Centre
UEL and data management
• Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following
„Keeping Research Data Safe‟ Report
• Responded to EPSRC letter by drafting a
policy - adopted March 2012
• Bespoke support under DCC‟s Institutional
Why is it important (now)?
Funders want wider access to research
they paid for – starting to demand
© The University of Sheffield
Prevention/detection of fraud
26/04/2013 © The University of Sheffield
Sharing and publishing Data
• Growing interest in publishing
data papers which can be cited
in a similar method to normal
papers via DOI‟s
• DataCite (www.datacite.org) is
an example of generating DOIs
for data citation
• New Journal of Open
Psychology Data (Ubiquity
• Such papers describe what the
data is, how it was collected,
suggested reuse and a link to
the actual data
• Get academic credit for sharing
Benefits of sharing data
Image from Journal of Open Psychology Data, © Ubiquity
Why are Universities involved?
• Public pressure - E.g. The British Medical
Journal’s open data campaign to achieve
independent scrutiny of data from clinical trials
• Researchers themselves – research integrity
for prevention/detection of fraud in research
(replicable results of data)
• Universities (obligations to research record and
assets) Research Data Policies – Edinburgh to
Oxford to UEL
Why are Universities involved?
• IT Services – face increasing demands for
storage and support and cloud storage for large
research data sets
• Research Offices need to ensure compliance
with Funder grants, monitor DMPs and as
guarantors for funding e.g. EPSRC
• Libraries’ natural role of knowledge exchange
and information expertise.
Why are libraries involved?
• Academics need help
• Libraries have sought involvement
• Libraries have permanence, infrastructure
• Librarians have relevant skills
• Will also involve IT, Research Offices etc.
What will/might librarians do?
• Help with data management plans
• Data repositories, and help in transferring
to data archives
• Quality metadata
• Appraisal of datasets – what to keep?
• Training and guidance
Why are libraries leading RDM?
• Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-
led – not all, and often working in
conjunction with IT and/or Research Office
• Close to researchers as library users
• Data are a form of information – librarians
• Libraries are trusted partners (impartial)
&we committed to long-term
What is the TraD project?
• Embedding good RDM practice at UEL
– Training doctoral students in Psychology
– Training MSc taught students in Geo-
– Generic workshop in Graduate School
– Training course for liaison librarians
• Create, deliver and evaluate materials
• Seek to adopt in curricula and training
Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh
“Powerful synergies exist between the
longstanding library commitment to open
access and the philosophy of open science,
between the principles underpinning library
collection management and emerging protocols
for curating digital data, between the track record
of libraries in technology adoption and systems
development and the complex demands for
integrated infrastructure and novel workflows,
and between the teaching mission of librarians
and 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.
TraD is a Jisc-funded project of Library and
Learning Services at the University of East London.
With the support of the Digital Curation Centre.
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.