research data

A conversation with the funders

The organisers of DCC’s special event, Funding Research Data Management, which took place on 25th April at Aston University, can surely claim that the essence of the debate (about what is acceptable, feasible and achievable in the use of research grant funding for the provision of data infrastructure and services) has at long last been laid bare under the light of expert scrutiny. Propitiously, in what could have proved a confrontational exercise, this eagerly anticipated conversation with the funders developed into a harmonious sharing of experience, observation and explanation that, as STFC’s Juan Bicarregui observed, should lead to greater openness and collaboration between the funders and the research community.

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RDM training for librarians

Details of a 3 hour training session for librarians developed in collaboration with the University of Northampton as part of the Institutional Engagement programme.

The course slides and handbook are CC-BY licensed for reuse.

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IDCC13: What’s in a name? The ‘data scientist’ symposium

The IDCC symposium this year was on ‘What is a data scientist?’ After some shuffling of chairs, Liz Lyon opened proceedings with a quick show of hands on who thought they were a data engineer, data analyst, data librarian, data steward, data journalist or data publisher? Data librarian and data steward got the biggest response, but would these people call themselves data scientists? Or are there other terms they would use?

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IDCC13: Bringing people together via DMPs

A blog post on the DMP workshop at IDCC 13 in Amsterdam.

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10 recommendations to get started with research data management

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management, Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard et al, (July, 2012) This is a breath of fresh air. An EU report that does exactly what it says on the tin - in only 3 pages! The LIBER e-Science working group held three workshops at conferences in 2011-2012. Their final report very succinctly summarises the findings of these and gives 10 prioritised recommendations.

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Demystifying research data

Summary from the the workshop 'Demystifying research data: don't be scared, be prepared' organised by the JIBS User Group and RLUK (Research Libraries UK), and held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.

The event was intended to provide a general introduction to research data management (RDM) for subject/liaison librarians, and others responsible for providing support to academic departments.

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Joint statement on data citation from STM publishers and DataCite

A joint statement on data citation was signed by Eefke Smit of STM and Adam Farquhar of Datacite at Datacite's summer meeting in Copenhagen last week (June 14). 

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The essential data roadmap

Last April the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) wrote to university vice chancellors explaining their Policy Framework on Research Data. This framework set out EPSRC’s principles and expectations concerning how the institutions they fund will ensure that research data generated as a result of their support is appropriately managed and shared. The DCC has provided a simple guide to creating a framework.

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Developing a roadmap for RDM

We trialled a new session at the Loughborough roadshow on developing data policy and services. This ended with an excerise on producing an RDM roadmap, as the EPSRC requirement to do this by May 2012 is uppermost on many people's minds.

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Re-skilling for research - observations on an RLUK report

The Preface to this new RLUK report opens by declaring how it “is clear that as the nature of research within our institutions changes, so must the role of the library in supporting research”.

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