Thursday, 28 November 2013

Research Data Management - thinking ahead and DMPs

It's been a while since we blogged, mainly because we have been really busy with a substantial amount of Research data management activity and meetings within our institution. Our research data management (RDM) service delivery group met for the first time this week, so suddenly everything is feeling very real!

The RDM service delivery group consists of senior stakeholders from the University Library, Research & Innovation Services (R&IS) , the academic community, and Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS). We discussed how there is increasing responsibility for RDM being placed on universities and that we need to consider the reputational risks if research data is not handled properly. We identified some key priority areas for service delivery and allocated some discrete areas of work. More details in the new year.

The advocacy and awareness is gaining momentum and this week we delivered a one hour RDM training workshop for ECRs in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health as part of the excellent Think Ahead Programme . This programme aims to ensure that early career researchers within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health have a defined career trajectory and are provided with the current training and the skills required by employers.

For many attending this was their very first introduction to the concept of research data management and a timely reminder to us that RDM is not just about secure storage and avoiding data loss it is about supporting the research data lifecycle so that research data is properly curated and where feasible, reused.

At the end of the session participants were asked what the one thing was they now know about, that they didn't before this session and responses included:

  • The availability at TUoS of the Web of Knowledge Data Citation Index
  • Planning and the importance of data preservation
  • What to include in a data management plan (DMP)
  • Datasets are already being published in the public domain
  • Funders having expectations regarding data management plans
  • What RDM actually means
  • The different types of research data
  • Data journals and Data papers
  • TUoS support for RDM
It was a really interesting event and many thanks to Dr Lucy Lee, Researcher Development Manager for organising this session and to all the participants.
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