research data

Project data life course

This blog post is an attempt to explore the “life course” of an arbitrary small to medium research project with respect to data resources involved in the project. (I want to avoid the term life cycle, since we use this in relation to the actual data.)

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Data publishing and the fully-supported paper

Cameron Neylon’s Science in the Open blog is always good value. He’s been posting installments of a paper on aspects of open science, and there’s lots of good stuff there. Of course, Cameron’s focus is indeed on open science rather than data, but data form a large part of that vision. In part 3: “Making data available faces similar challenges but here they are more profound. At least when publishing in an open access journal it can be counted as a paper.

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ARROW Repositories day: 3

Dr Alex Cook from the Australian Research Council (a money man! Important!) talking on the Excellence in Research Framework (ERA), the Access Framework and ASHER. ERA appears to be like the UK’s erstwhile RAE, and will use existing HE Research Data Collection rules for publication and research income information where possible. 8 clusters of disciplines have been identified. Currently looking at the bibliometric and other indicators which will be discipline-specific (principles, methodologies and a matrix showing which are used where).

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ARROW Repositories day: 2

Lynda Cheshire speaking as part of “the researcher’s view”, talking about the view from a qualitative researcher working with the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA), based at ANU, established 1981, with about 3,000 datasets. Most notable studies election studies, opinion polls and social attitudes surveys, mostly from government sources. Not much qualitative data yet, but have grants to expand this, including new nodes, and the qualitative archive (AQuA) to be at UQ.

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Data as major component of national research collaboration

This is perhaps the last of my posts resulting from conversations and presentations at the UK e-Science All Hands meeting in Edinburgh. This one relates to Andrew Treloar’s presentation on the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), and its over-arching programme, Platforms for Collaboration, part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

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A national data mandate? Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Andrew Treloar pointed to this Code in a presentation at the e-Science All Hands meeting. All Australian Universities have signed up to the Code, which turns out to have a whole chapter on the management of research data and primary materials. It deals with the responsibilities of both institutions and researchers.

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David de Roure on "the new e-Science"

I was at the eScience All Hands meeting last week, and unfortunately missed a presentation by David de Roure on the New e-Science, an update on a talk he gave 10 months ago. The slides are available on Slideshare, but David has agreed I can share his summary:"1. Increasing scale and diversity of participation

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Libraries - data centre session at December San Francisco conference!

Rajendra Bose, an erstwhile colleague from the Edinburgh Database group then working on database annotation as part of the DCC research activity, and now at Columbia, brought this opportunity to my attention, and it seems well worth while making more widely known. He writes:

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Credit from citing datasets?

Cameron Neylon has a thought-provoking post on his Science in the Open blog, arising from a discussion he had at Scifoo with Michael Eisen of Berkeley:

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Negative Click, Positive Value Research Repository Systems

I promised to be more specific about what I would like to see in repositories that presented more value for less work overall, by offering facilities that allow it to become part of the researcher’s workflow. I’m going to refer to this as “the Research Repository System (RRS)” for convenience.

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