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Research Data and the Role of University Libraries

  1. 1. Research Data and the Role of University Libraries John Murtagh, Research Data Management Officer, Library and Learning Services London Information & Knowledge Exchange 25 April 2013
  2. 2. Outline 1. Context at UEL 2. Why librarians, and the skills gap 3. Learning resource “supportDM” 4. Setting up an RDM support service
  3. 3. Lovely Acronyms • RDM = Research Data Management • Jisc = Joint Information Services Committee • EPSRC = Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council • RCUK = umbrella organisation of Research 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 a policy - adopted March 2012 • Bespoke support under DCC‟s Institutional Engagement programme
  5. 5. Why is it important (now)?
  6. 6. Funders want wider access to research they paid for – starting to demand access http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and- legal/overview-funders-data-policies
  7. 7. 26/04/201 3 © The University of Sheffield Prevention/detection of fraud
  8. 8. 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 press) • Such papers describe what the data is, how it was collected, methodology, variables, suggested reuse and a link to the actual data • Get academic credit for sharing data
  9. 9. Benefits of sharing data Image from Journal of Open Psychology Data, © Ubiquity
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Why are libraries involved? • Academics need help • Libraries have sought involvement • Libraries have permanence, infrastructure and 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 transferring to 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 in conjunction with IT and/or Research Office • Close to researchers as library users • Data are a form of information – librarians manage information • Libraries are trusted partners (impartial) &we committed to long-term scientific/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 training programmes
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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. John Murtagh Email j.p.murtagh@uel.ac.uk Web www.uel.ac.uk/trad/ Blog datamanagementuel.wordpress.com Thank you

Editor's Notes

  • 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.
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