Panel contribution on data centres and institutional partnerships

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IASSIST 2013 panel presentation, Cologne, 29 May, 2013.

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  • Planning: Support and services for planning activities that are typically performed before research data is collected or createdAD Infra: Facilities to store data that are actively used in current research activities, to provide access to that storage, and tools to assist in working with the dataStewardship:Tools and services to aid in the description, deposit, and on-going management of completed research data outputs…
  • Panel contribution on data centres and institutional partnerships

    1. 1. IASSIST 2013Panel: Data centres and institutional partnershipsRobin RiceEDINA and Data LibraryUniversity of Edinburgh
    2. 2. Research data support at Edinburgh• finding…• accessing …• using …• teaching …And now –• managing2ChartsBin and mkandlez on flickr
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Edinburgh Research DataManagement RoadmapInvolvement from across University and Information Services
    5. 5. Data Management Support• General consultancy and support servicethroughout the research process
    6. 6. Supporting and training researchers• Online guidance for academic staff• Embedding RDM training into postgraduateprogrammes (MANTRA); bespoke training• Awareness-raising and service roll-out acrossschools and research units• Training librarians & IT staff• Data management consultancy; grant-costed effortsuch as in-depth planning or metadata support.For example -
    7. 7. Applied Quantitative Methods Network• Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council• Previously funded (2010-13) mainly as a centre ofexpertise and training across Scotland• Based at University of Edinburgh School of Law• New phase to focus on 3 research strands (+1)• Crime and victimization• Education and social stratification• Urban segregation and inequality• Attitudes to Scottish Independence Referendum
    8. 8. AQMeN and the UoE Data Library/EDINA• Co-authorship in PI’s scoping study in capacity buildingfor quantitative methods in Scotland (2008-9)• Successful partnership in phase one around developmentof the AQMeN content-managed website (2009-12).• Director approached Data Librarian about taking lead rolein data management strategy for Phase II of project(2013-16) as QA Officer (funded for a number of daysover four year period).• Serving as a test case for provision of grant-costed RDMservices for the University of Edinburgh as part ofRoadmap
    9. 9. Potential points for cooperationLocal (data) libraries• Deeper reach• Broader reach• Can provide ‘embedded’support & partnerships• Can lead training activity• Can provide/guide use ofinstitutional infrastructure• Can provide referrals todisciplinary tools/expertsNational data archives / centres• Authoritative guidance• Well-resourced outreach• Can provide centralisedsupport• Train the trainers,roadshows• Robust, trustedinfrastructure• Disciplinary expertise &tools

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