Wednesday, 30 November 2011

BPS poster submission…

Submitted a poster for the 2012 British Psychological Society Annual conference in London. This covers data management  and what we’re trying to do in Sheffield. Fingers crossed on it being accepted as it’s part of our dissemination strategy. As per submitted on the deadline day ;-)

No editing web pages until you’ve done the course laddy…

We needed an external website for the project or at least a page or so.  So time to bite the bullet and go on the University CMS training course. They use Polopoly from atex (me neither).  As with all CMS’s some good points and lots of bad ones. The more you know about how these things work the more they drive you nuts unfortunately. Hey ho.
At least we now have a single external facing webpage. Unfortunately I’m not deemed worthy enough to create them and can merely edit them after the basic course.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Memo from Director of Research to all staff goes viral…

The director of research for the department sends out a carefully crafted email on our behalf following up from the departmental staff meeting and publicising our forthcoming internal seminar.  The pithy email includes some memorable one liners that we wrote to hopefully spur people into contacting us for help.

Monday, 21 November 2011

New boy goes to first staff meeting…

Meets and greets at the staff meeting as I’m new to the department. Managed to get an elevator pitch for 5 mins at the end of the meeting and hand out a few flyers. No takers for either help planning or data storage and sharing. Quite a few people have been burnt in the past it would seem so a cool reception all round. There were requests for “copy and paste” templates for DMPs and “what can you do with my 20Tb of videos then” style questions.

Departmental seminar…

We’ve managed to get the graveyard slot to present at the last departmental seminar before Christmas due to a cancellation! We were scheduled to present on the 9th March 2012 which would have been quite ironic given that’s three weeks before the project’s due to finish. By way of publicity it ain’t great :-) We requested a slot the first week of the project in October so that’s some lead time.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Draft project plan and website template done for JISC...

Finally managed to nail a draft project plan and website template as per JISC requirements. The project plan alone weighed in at nearly 16 sides of A4. Nearly twice as long as the actual bid and took longer to write!

Can someone with a decade of experience help?

Make contact with the HRI in Sheffield. HRI = Humanities Research Institute. They help bidders write technical appendices, i.e. DMPs, for AHRC grants and also review for the same council. They’ve been doing this for a decade and advice on digital archiving in the humanities. Lots of good advice from them and some tips on for how long to store data for realistically from their point of view (7 years offer to people who go through them) and who to contact within Sheffield regarding storage (about £400 per Tb per year). A nice meeting on the 30th next to the Hendersons Relish factory :-)

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Dell Poweredge arrives...

Our Dell Poweredge server arrives. More than likely take me the next week or so to setup what with the software to load on, RAID configuration, UPS and back-up drives. On it we’ll be running VMWare ESXi 5, Windows 2008 R2, SQL 2008 and Sharepoint 2010. We’re hoping to get the Dataverse repository software up and running at some point. With SharePoint providing the one-stop-shop for localised resources to do with RDM. Got to be electrically tested first of course…