Thursday, 17 March 2016

Audio-Visual Resources and The Academic Book of the Future - New British Library Survey

The British Library has collaborated with AHRC on funding work looking at the Academic Book of the Future. As part of this, the British Library sounds team has been looking at how audio-visual material is, and can be, incorporated into the academic book.

This topic is very relevant to how data is used and incorporated into the research literature, and to the Unlocking Thesis Data work - since audio-visual content is the data type many are using for their research!

The survey on research use and production of audio-visual content is at:

Friday, 19 February 2016

Research Database Survey

The University of Oxford IT Services are running an online survey on behalf of JISC, looking at how researchers choose and use databases to manage their research data.

“If you are a researcher who organizes data in databases, please spare a few minutes to complete our survey on the use of databases for research:

The survey will inform Jisc decisions regarding the provision of a national database service developed from the ‘Online Research Database Service’ (ORDS) created by staff at the University of Oxford. The survey is anonymous and shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete.”

The survey will run until 4th March and the results will be made openly accessible in due course.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Researcher Data Sharing Surveys

As this blog has been quiet for several months, I thought it time to draw attention to a poster reporting results from Wiley's 2014 survey of researchers on their attitudes to data sharing:

One of the findings indicates that the majority of respondents who made their research data publicly available, did so as supplementary material in a journal.

An infographic recently published by the Beyond Downloads Project (December 2015), displays the results of their survey of researchers' attitudes to sharing scholarly articles:

Although this concerns the sharing of scholarly articles (the majority are sharing full-text and via email), this may have a bearing on research data sharing - and on provision of RDM services tailored to researcher preferences.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Global funders who require data archiving as a condition of grants

This spreadsheet, published by Figshare, provides data archiving policies of major global research funders.

Hahnel, Mark (2015): Global funders who require data archiving as a condition of grants. figshare.

The funder open data mandates are discussed in a Figshare blopost at

Friday, 24 July 2015

Action Poll - tools for working with research data

What tools are you using to work with  your research data? ("work with" can mean: manage, analyze, organize, share, and/or publish your data)
This short, anonymous poll, targeted at researchers, aims to characterize the range of research data management tools that are used across domains and regions. 

The survey is only one-page long and will take less that 5 minutes to complete.

The poll will be open from June 15 to July 31, 2015.

It is being conducted by Research Data Alliance (RDA) Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group.
The results will be reported at the next RDA meeting in Paris in September 2015 and also made available through the Long Tail Interest Group webpage.

For more information, please contact: Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR

Friday, 8 May 2015

New Data Repository at Loughborough University

Just over a week ago Loughborough University launched their data repository; which can be accessed at This repository infrastructure consists of 'Figshare for institutions' for data management and front-end interface, and Arkivum for archival storage. The repository was populated with data from PLoS articles by Loughborough researchers.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Registering Your Research Data

If your research is funded by EPSRC and you will publish results on or after 1st May 2015, you need to make the research data available for access (in other words ‘published’). The research data will need registering so that a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) may be issued and a record created in the University of Sheffield Data Catalogue.

As the data catalogue is not yet up and running, we are compiling information about research data in readiness.
  1. If you have already published your research data, by depositing it in a data repository or data centre, and it has been issued a DOI or similar identifier, please send an email to, including the DOI (or equivalent identifier), funder organisation name and grant number.
  2. If you have already published your research data but have not had a DOI issued, please use this form at to generate a metadata XML file for you to download or copy.  Please then send a copy of the metadata.xml file to, and we should be able to mint a DOI for your data.
  3. If you have yet to publish your data, you may use this form to generate a metadata XML file to download or copy. This may be sent to ahead of publication so that there is a record already in the data catalogue and a DOI may be issued on publication of the research data.

We will be grateful for any feedback regarding these forms.