Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monkeying around with an exit survey...

Spent a few hours coming up with a 10 question exit survey that can be sent out after I do the departmental seminar on the 9th March. Hopefully it's short enough not to put people off. A 7 point Likert scale with questions trying to assess project impact. Where someone wants to say a bit more there's an opportunity to add comments.

It's also been suggested that it might be an idea to send a postgrad around with paper copies knocking on peoples doors. Might be an idea! It will help with assessing project impact no doubt and be good for the final report.

Copy below for you delication (sorry it's a bit small).

Monday, 20 February 2012

How to add metadata...

More how to guides I'm afraid. Turns out there's a pent up demand for simple "how to" guides so here's a new one on adding metadata to datasets. The main goal is to get DClinPsy trainees to start to annotate their data files so that supervisors and understand their raw data.

However the principles are sound and should apply to both students and researchers alike. The guide takes the form of a worked example in SPSS where various examples of bad practice are highlighed and fixed with little or no additional effort.

It also goes on to cover sensible filenames and administrative metadata. Again with practical examples that can be easily understood by readers.

Want to take a look?

Friday, 10 February 2012

All change... for the one-stop-shop website at least...

I've put a lot of content related to data management into the Sharepoint site but given the IT situation in the department there is some concern that once I've gone the "goodies" might disappear. Or in other words the server might stop working after the pixies who make it all work move out (insert your own metaphor - maybe you prefer hamsters on a wheel making the server work?).

Anyway we have decided that it would be better to get the content (AKA goodies) into the central University CMS where in theory someone else will be able to maintain them. So a few weeks of copying and pasting, uploading, swearing and sweating not to mention the ever present danger of RSI! So evidently the half day CMS course did come in handy after all :-)

Keeping the Sharepoint site for DClinPsy data and site files. More on this later.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Guidance on short term data management...

Given the resources available at Sheffield a lot of staff and students have been making use of Dropbox to transport files around. Whether this is a good idea is open to debate. But given it's viewed as a viable option I've put together a document on how to use either the University option or Dropbox.

In other words one document that covers doing the same thing in either myFileStore (Uni Sheffield support solution) or Dropbox.

The guide also goes into recovering accidentally deleted files, versioning and setting up Dropbox on managed desktops or your home computer. Also touches on confidentiality and NHS data. It also gives an idea of how much you can store on the University support option and on Dropbox.

Want to take a look?