Friday, 16 December 2011

Seminar update…

The seminar went well and apparently was one of the best attended before Christmas. In fact it was pretty full! Hopefully we’ve scared enough people into letting us help them with their Data Management Plans! We’ll see in the New Year I guess?

Grab a copy of the slides (minus a video of a building on fire -- you get the idea).

The promotion went as follows:

Why do I need to know about data management?
Well, all research councils in the UK now require a data management plan with any bid for funding. NSF for example says the plan should take up two pages out of 15. Data management means sharing your data and not just looking after it!

How about if I told you sharing your data typically leads to a 69% increase in citations... or that it could lead to more collaboration with other researchers. On the less positive side you have to respond to Freedom of Information requests within 20 days and if data is requested it has to be in an "understandable" format, i.e. with well described metadata.

Whether you're an active researcher or a postgraduate student you owe it to yourself to find out more about data management as it will impact on your career a lot more than you might think in the very near future. We aim to offer practical advice and a concise path through the data management jungle.

Monday, 12 December 2011

SharePoint one-stop-shop under construction...

Spent as much “free” time as I can working on the one stop shop offering pithy practical advice. Trying to source as much as possible so that researcher can hit this and then go off and find all the crucial info they need. Gone for a “what?” and “how do I… approach”. Currently this site can only be viewed from within Sheffield.

Here’s a quick sneak peak:

Friday, 9 December 2011

IASSIST 2012 paper…

Submitted a paper for the 2012 IASSIST conference. The deadline was today as per ;-)  Hopefully it’s got there as the PHP form at their end was giving a 404 and I had to email it over!  Technology eh!!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

IDCC Workshop Bristol...

Straight from Nottingham to Bristol… well kind of. Travelled down on Sunday for an 8:30am start Monday. Decided just to go down for the one day otherwise another working week of 3 days gone for the whole meeting. So that could have been 2 working weeks out the office what with the launch meeting last week or half a working month = gulp!

Targeted the Monday as there we some talks on payback. That is, the REF. Which is the manna people seem to be interested in at the mo (again I was looking for leverage). Some interesting talks on what publishers are up to. Brian Hole was there again and had some sensible tempering comments. People from the Research Councils UK suggested some announcements on RDM would be coming in the New Year. An interesting stance from EPSRC who are saying institutions will need to sort this out or no one for a given institution will be able to apply for funding from them. Other councils place the onus on the grant applicant.

Nice to hear Martin Donnelly from the DCC say that they were using the guide to using DMPOnline I wrote at York as an exemplar for Psychology/ESRC and the tool itself.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

JISCMRD launch meeting...

We made the short trip to Nottingham for the two day programme launch event. There was a mixture of projects represented ranging from the bigger infrastructure projects to the eight smaller “boots on the ground” six months ones of which we are one. There was a lot of practical advice on offer, from Blogging with Brian Kelly to DCC Tools and UMF Software as a Service and the JANET Brokerage. The late afternoon saw all the projects presenting a poster outlining their work. We also use our poster as a flyer within the department as it makes for good publicity.

On the second day there was advice on gathering evidence of benefits and impact. This would seem to be the thing that Universities and researchers worry about the most from our prospective! Some good advice gratefully received.

Later parallel sessions focussed on some of the projects that were up and running. Brian Hole (Ubiquity Press) gave a pretty compelling reason for data papers to help spur on sharing of data. Researchers need and want credit for data and this seems like an ideal way for them to get extra citations. In short an easy sell and one I’ll be pushing!