Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sharepoint document management for DClinPsy trainees...

Just finished setting up a Sharepoint repository for DClinPsy trainees. They'll be able to store their data and site files that go alongside their thesis. Site files are basically who, did what, when, protocols and other practical details.

Their thesis is currently deposited in the:



Typically these are embargoed for 5 years. Plus the actual data and site files aren't uploaded anyway.

At the moment the data and site files are stored on DVD in the trainees paper file and locked in filing cabinets (again for 5 years). This has meant that they weren't often accessed (if at all). Given the Stapel fraud in Psychology staff will now be looking at data much more closely. This is a big cultural change in the department and a pretty major impact goal for the project.

Doing this has meant I've not only needed to develop the Sharepoint site but also write some more documentation along with screen grabs on how to use it.


Hopefully "Simples" as they say. I won't be doing the uploads so it needs to work without me around.

As screen grab from the instructions is shown below. Hopefully they are "Simples" and the site will be utilised for years to come!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Wellcome DMP finalised after a couple of days of feverish writing and chopping...

Made good use of the DCC's DMPOnline to construct the Wellcome fellowship RDMP I've been working on with SW. Fortunately it looks to have come good in the end :-)

A word limit of a 1,000 words for 7 questions seems a lot but it's pretty easy to eat up those allowances! Especially with something complex that needs to be explained again in the plan. In the actual grant application it's fine as you're assuming the audience will be fellow experts in the field. With the RDMP it's like trying to explain rocket science in a "for dummies" book metaphor. Can you explain what you're doing in 60 seconds or less? I get the feeling that RDMP's will be evaluated by IT literate staff who won't understand the discipline or terminology of the actual subject area. Hence everything needs to be dumbed down which helps focus the mind.

The plan will be going in at the end of the month along with the actual funding bid. Fingers crossed for SW! Like to see a copy?

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Initial Data Managment Plan interview...

Met today with SW who is putting in for a Wellcome grant in relation to neural network simulations of how rats learn from their environment. This involves creating a synthetic litter mate which will collect the same experiences as a live rat pup. For example, visual, audio, touch etc. A lot of video data will be created and shared and it is this that will form the basis for a neural model. This model will then be presented to different animals as sensory stimuli. Electrophysiological data will be collected to test the predictions of the neural network simulations.

Phew!  I'll let you off if that sounds a little complex.  In short, it's to see how rats learn and to see if we can mimic it using a computer model. If we can then we check the effectiveness by seeing how other live rats view our "robotic" litter mate and the subconscious level. Can we mimic it well enough for them not to be able to tell? Interesting stuff to do with learning and how we create simulations learning.

Lots of notes taken. Check. I'm not off to sit in a darkened room to start on a Wellcome plan. They allow a 1,000 words and you need to answer 7 bullet points they pose. SW will be helping to put this in plain English.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Roll up roll up…

We seem to have a taker (from the seminar) for advice on creating a Data Management Plan for a Wellcome Research Fellowship. This needs to be a 1,000 words and be done by the end of Jan 2012 to go in with the grant application. Meeting with him on the 11th to offer advice in my role as DMP guru. I suspect I’ll end up doing the majority of the writing. Can’t decide whether to use the DCC’s DMPonline, the US DMPTool or free writing. Wellcomes requirements are fairly free form.

No examples to follow as I can find. I suppose that why I’m writing exemplars -- DOH!