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Research data management for researchers university of aberdeen 7 th october 2014

Research Data Management for ResearchersUniversity of Aberdeen 7th October 2014

Jonathan Rans

Digital Curation Centre

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland License.


What will we cover
What will we cover?

  • Definitions that we work to

  • What does the EPSRC expect of you and your institution?

  • How can these requirements be satisfied and how are other institutions addressing them?


Who we are
Who we are

  • The (Est. 2004) is:

    • A national-level centre of expertise in digital preservation with a particular focus on Research Data Management (RDM)

    • Based across three sites – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bath

    • Working closely with a number of UK institutions to boost RDM capability across the HE sector

    • Also involved in a variety of national and international collaborations


Definition of research data
Definition of research data

Data are representations of observations, objects, or other entities used as evidence of phenomena for the purposes of research or scholarship

C.L. Borgman (2015). Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World. MIT Press


So what might this include
So, what might this include?

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/dac/array_growth.html

http://www.sbirc.ed.ac.uk/documents/lbc_protocol.pdf

Anything & everything produced in the course of research

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/graphics/dacdata/globpop.gif


Data management expectations
Data management expectations

“Data arising from MRC-funded research must be properly curated throughout its life-cycle…”

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/research-policy-ethics/data-sharing/policy/


What is research data management
What is research data management?

Research data management is an explicit process covering the creation and stewardship of research materials to enable their use for as long as they retain value.

- A. Whyte and J. Rans DCC



A simplified d ata l ifecycle
A simplifieddata lifecycle

  • Data Management Planning

  • Creation

  • Use

  • Appraisal

  • Deposit and Publication

  • Discovery and Reuse


Rcuk principles
RCUK Principles

  • Data as freely and openly available as possible

  • Data Management Plans required, preservation of long-term data is required

  • Appropriate metadata should be made openly available

  • Acknowledgement of constraints on data release

  • Dataset users should acknowledge sources

  • Limited period of privileged access

  • It is appropriate to use public funds to support preservation and management of data


The role of the institution
The role of the institution

“The modern data-rich environment for research and learning and the open culture that is needed to exploit it presents new challenges for Universities…

  • creating a setting that will encourage researchers to adapt their ways of working and…

  • implementing strategies to manage the knowledge that they create.”

Science as an open enterprise - The Royal Society 2012 p.71


Components of an rdm service
Components of an RDM service

http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/how-guides/how-develop-rdm-services


5 TB

1 TB

0.5 TB


  • What is best practice for handling files? are making substantial amounts available free

    • Adopt file naming conventions:

    • http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/guide/choosing-a-file-name/

    • Design a good project folder structure

    • http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/document/research-project-file-plan

  • How can I share sensitive data?

    • http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/create-manage/consent-ethics/anonymisation

    • http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/create-manage/consent-ethics/consent

  • What support is there for data cleaning?


  • T are making substantial amounts available free raining materials

    • http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/

    • http://www.jorum.ac.uk/

  • What help is there with data protection issues?

    • Institutional FOI and IP advice

    • http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/how-guides/license-research-data


Ucl sensitive data service
UCL sensitive data service are making substantial amounts available free

  • Information governance advice

  • Data safe haven

  • Training and Awareness service

  • http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/itforslms/services/handling-sens-data


http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/blog/2013/12/06/the-four-quadrants-of-research-data-curation-systemshttp://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/blog/2013/12/06/the-four-quadrants-of-research-data-curation-systems/


“Sufficient metadata must be provided to enable the dataset to be used by others. Agreed best practice standards for metadata provision should be adopted where these are in place.”

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/Data-sharing/Guidance-for-researchers/index.htm


  • What metadata should be captured? dataset to be used by others. Agreed best practice standards for metadata provision should be adopted where these are in place.”

    • Minimum

      • http://data.bris.ac.uk/2012/05/18/minimal-set-of-mandatory-metadata/

    • Discovery

      • Readme file content http://data.research.cornell.edu/content/readme

    • Use

      • Data Documentation Initiative http://www.ddialliance.org/

      • DCC Metadata Catalogue http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/metadata-standards


  • Do I need to archive non-digital data dataset to be used by others. Agreed best practice standards for metadata provision should be adopted where these are in place.”?

  • How can I make data citable and get credit for sharing it?

    • Digital objects must have an associated DOI

    • http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/how-guides/cite-datasets

  • Orcid profiles can integrate with institutional infrastructure

    • http://orcid.org/organizations/institutions


  • What if I want to host my own data? dataset to be used by others. Agreed best practice standards for metadata provision should be adopted where these are in place.”

    • Making the case for preserving a live database

      • http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/developing-rdm-services/dmps-arts-and-humanities

    • Using an institutional repository as a back-end

      • http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/developing-rdm-services/repository-radar

  • How do I cost my RDM activities?

    • 4C project

      • http://www.4cproject.eu/

    • UKDA costing tool

      • http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/media/247429/costingtool.pdf


Thank you
Thank-you! dataset to be used by others. Agreed best practice standards for metadata provision should be adopted where these are in place.”

Image Credits

4 Quadrants of research data: Stuart Lewis, Edinburgh University, http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.873617

Metadata devil: http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/nsa_its_just_metadata_20130812

Jonathan Rans

[email protected]

@JNRans


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