Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Research data sharing bid from the Knowledge Exchange (KE)

A couple of interesting 'research data' related items have dropped into my inbox this week and caught my eye. Well not necessarily my email inbox, but more into my 'landscape RDM monitoring' inbox, from various communication channels!

A pilot study on  the use of incentives to share research data

The Knowledge Exchange are looking for an experienced sociologist or social scientist with expertise in the research dynamics or in the research sociological domains . They are inviting bids for work to conduct a pilot study on the use of incentives to share research data.

The aim of the study is to provide evidence and examples of useful incentives for data sharing from the researchers’ point of view. Proposals need to be submitted by 17th February 2014 and further information on the call is available here

A new 'data' publication for the biomedical, life and environmental science communities

Also an email alert from the Nature Publishing group with a reminder that Scientific Data the new OA, online-only publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets is currently calling for submissions. This publication will launch in May 2014 and is one way of making your data more discoverable, interpretable and reusable.

TUoS institutional Research Data Management Survey - we want your views

We launched the TUoS institutional RDM survey last week, and thus far we have more than 180 responses.

The purpose of our survey is to investigate the research data management practices of researchers at The University of Sheffield. The University Research Data Management Service Delivery Group would like to gain a better understanding of the types of research data (both digital and non-digital) that you produce and use.

Responding to the survey will help us identify the priority areas of support and training required to help you to manage your research data in compliance with both institutional and funders' data expectations, and in-line with best research practice.

The survey is available here and please feel free to tell all your colleagues about the survey. It shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Friday, 10 January 2014

NERC and minting a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

An interesting announcement this week from NERC and their ability to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets held in Environmental Data Centres. Assigning DOIs will enhance the discoverability of research data by making it easier for data users to find and cite data and also give credit to the data producers.

NERC recommends that all data referenced in scientific publications should be formally cited and acknowledged and there are certain quality requirements that need to be met for data to be assigned a DOI.

They have produced guidance for NERC scientists wishing to have DOIs assigned to their datasets and further information is available from their Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) Web page.

The guidance is in a Q&A format, from the perspective of a data producer, and it includes useful information on how data citation fits in with a data management plan (DMP).

If you want to find out more about data citation you may find some of these resources useful:

DataCite - why cite data?

"Out of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data". Produced by the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices, 2013