Introduction to supportDM

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A short slideshow on Research Data Management for Librarians at University of East London as part of the Jisc-funded TraD project.


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Introduction to supportDM course:

Introduction to supportDM course Stephen Grace, John Murtagh , Sarah Jones supportDM introductory session

What is research?:

What is research? Source: DDI Structural Reform Group. “DDI Version 3.0 Conceptual Model." DDI Alliance . 2004. Accessed on 18 February 2013. < >.

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What is research data?

What is research data?:

Research data are collected, observed or created, for the purposes of analysis to produce and validate original research results Both analogue and digital materials are 'data' Digital data can be: created in a digital form ("born digital") converted to a digital form (digitised) What is research data?

Types of research data:

Types of research data Data can take many forms Still images, video & audio Notebooks & lab books Survey results & interview transcripts Experimental observations Text corpuses Models & software ….

Brainstorm :

Brainstorm Can you name types of data?

What is RDM?:

What is RDM? “the active management and appraisal of data over the lifecycle of scholarly and scientific interest” Data management is part of good research practice

The data lifecycle’s benefits:

The data lifecycle’s benefits Image from Journal of Open Psychology Data

Who do you think has a role to play?:

Who do you think has a role to play?

The roles….:

The roles…. Funders ( The BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC & Wellcome Trust state that costs associated with data management and sharing can be included in grant proposals. Also NSF – USA) Publishers - Repositories such as Protein Data Bank, EuropePMC and DRYAD are accepting data related to publications. DOIs can also be minted for data and are citeable. Governments - A list of over 200 local, regional and national open data catalogues is available on the open source project. Prominent examples include: - U.S. government open-data website. Launched in May 2009. - U.K. government open-data website. Launched in September 2009.

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Public pressure - E.g.The British Medical Journal’s open data campaign to achieve independent scrutiny of data from clinical trials. Research integrity & prevention/detection of fraud in research (replicable results of data) Universities (obligations to research record and assets) Research Data Policies – Edinburgh to Oxford to UEL. IT Services (demands for storage and support and cloud storage for large research data sets. Research Offices to ensure compliance with Funder’s DMPs and guarantors for funding e.g. EPSRC. Libraries’ role in filling the gap in knowledge and expertise in Research Data.

Why librarians?:

Why librarians?

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Three main potential roles for the library: increasing data-awareness amongst researchers; providing archiving and preservation services for data within the institution through institutional repositories developing a new professional strand of practice in the form of data librarianship. “The role of the library in data-intensive research is important and a strategic repositioning of the library with respect to research support is now appropriate.” JISC report (2008) Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs

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“Data from academic research projects represents an integral part of the global research knowledge base, and so managing it should be a natural extension of the university library’s current role in providing access to the published part of that knowledge base”. Martin Lewis ‘Libraries and the management of research data’ In: Envisioning Future Academic Library Services . Facet Publishing, London, pp. 145-168.

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Parallels between new roles in managing research data and established responsibilities for preserving and curating special collections Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation in a Distributed Environment by Michael Witt. Library Trends, 57(2). 2009 ‘scientific datasets may be thought of as the “special collections” of the digital age’.


Subject liaison can easily extend their instruction roles ‘to help student researchers understand what to do with their data and increase their awareness of library resources’. Tracy Gabridge ‘The Last Mile: Liaison Roles in Curating Science and Engineering Research Data’ Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 265 (August 2009): 15–21.


“None of the challenges presented herein should discourage librarians from engaging with the research data challenge.” ‘Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge ’ by Dorothea Salo July 2010, Ariadne Issue 64 “Our unique expertise in metadata, digital preservation, public service, and technology translation will serve researchers well, as will our sturdy common sense and the domain expertise of our subject librarians.”

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1. Offer research data management support, including data management plans for grant applications, intellectual property rights advice and information materials. Assist faculty with data management plans and the integration of data management into the curriculum. 2. Engage in the development of metadata and data standards and provide metadata services for research data. 3. Create Data Librarian posts and develop professional staff skills for data librarianship. 4. Actively participate in institutional research data policy development, including resource plans. Encourage and adopt open data policies where appropriate in the research data life cycle. 10 recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management 10 recommendations

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5. Liaise and partner with researchers, research groups, data archives and data centers to foster an interoperable infrastructure for data access, discovery and data sharing. 6. Support the lifecycle for research data by providing services for storage, discovery and permanent access. 7. Promote research data citation by applying persistent identifiers to research data. 8. Provide an institutional Data Catalogue or Data Repository, depending on available infrastructure. 9. Get involved in subject specific data management practice. 10. Offer or mediate secure storage for dynamic and static research data in co-operation with institutional IT units and/or seek exploitation of appropriate cloud services.


Discussion What is the role of libraries and librarians in RDM?

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