Author Archives: Laurian Williamson

Open access to research outputs

Two key publications have been made available this week, both of which are of interest to the ADMIRe project team. Firstly we had the highly awaited publication of the Finch Report: “Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications” . This 140 page publication presents the findings of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Dame Janet Finch. The report recommends a programme of action which will enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research. The report makes ten recommendations and outlines the key actions necessary in order to implement the recommendations of the working group. An executive summary is available and the report has had some interesting media coverage this week, including in the Guardian and the BBC.

The Royal Society today published their substantial report “Science as an open enterprise: open data for open science” which:

“highlights the need to grapple with the huge deluge of data created by modern technologies in order to preserve the principle of openness and to exploit data in ways that have the potential to create a second open science revolution.”

The report highlights six key areas for action, and these include:

  • Scientists needing to be more open amongst themselves and with the public and media
  • Greater recognition for the value of data gathering, analysis and communication
  • Common standards for sharing information in order to make data widely usable
  • Publishing data in a reusable form to support findings must be mandatory
  • More experts in managing and supporting the use of digital data are required
  • New software tools need to be developed to analyse the growing amount of data being gathered

The report includes some interesting case studies of data use and the costs of digital repositories.

It will be interesting to see the impact that both these publications have on academic scholarly communications and opening up access to research outputs (both publications and data).

 

Data citation, sharing data, and RDM at Nottingham

It has been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Tom and I filled with meetings with key University of Nottingham staff from different departments and divisions all whom are keen to facilitate and deliver good and effective research data management (RDM) practice at our institution. We have identified and contacted academics from all five faculties (Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences) to take part in our phase one RDM pilots and we have also given plenty of thought to what we would like the University of Nottingham RDM website to contain and offer our research community. We are also working on a RDM@Nottingham survey which we hope will inform the development of the ADMIRe project.

Since my last blog post I have also attended some interesting external events including the excellent DataCite workshop at the British Library which covered topics such as how to mint a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), why making research data available and citable is important, and the challenges there are with citing research data. All the presentations from the day are available here.

I also attended the Repositories Support Project one day event on scholarly communications and new developments in open access in London on the 01st June. It was held at the stunning Art Deco venue the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the programme showcased some great case examples of innovative approaches supporting data sharing, open access to research outputs and an open approach to scholarship.  Videos and presentations from the event are all available here.

Ethics, consent and data sharing – for anyone interested in this area of RDM I would definitely recommend listening to the recording of the Webinar delivered by Margaret Henty of the Australian National Data Service in April. She considers the myths around data sharing, meeting funding bodies obligations, informed consent, access control, and the importance of incorporating data sharing into research planning.

Also published this week is the Council on Library and Information Resources publication “How does big data change the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences?”. The full-text publication and associated press release is available here.

Linking peer-reviewed literature to associated datasets

OpenAIREplus is a large-scale EU project bringing together 41 pan-European partners, including three cross-disciplinary research communities. OpenAIREplus aims to:

“…create a robust, participatory service for the cross-linking of peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated datasets.”

The 30 month project launched in December 2011 (see Bill’s post on this launch) and on the 11th June they will be presenting an OpenAIREplus workshop in conjunction with the Nordbib Conference 2012 Copenhagen, June 11-13, 2012 . The OpenAIREplus workshop “Linking Open Access publications to data – policy development and implementation” looks really interesting with a very exciting programme and I am hoping they will make the workshop presentations and outputs available after the event.

The workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in this topic, and will be of interest to library managers, researchers, research funders, repository managers, journal editors and publishers, and research administrators. Topics covered include:

  • Preparing and writing institutional data management policies
  • An overview of funder’s responsibilities and requirements towards data availability and management
  • An overview of linking research publications and data
  • The research data landscape

Follow developments and news items on the OA EU infrastructure on Twitter @OpenAIRE_eu

Links of interest

OpenAIREplus press release

International conference: Structural frameworks for open, digital research – strategy, policy & infrastructure

OpenAIRE

 

Data management support for researchers at the University of Glasgow

Today is my first full day on the ADMIRe project and I have been spending some time looking at the really useful and informative research data management website produced by the University of Glasgow. The University of Glasgow aims to develop its research data management capacity and capability and has produced a draft research data policy and a draft RDM roadmap. Both documents can be viewed here.

What is really interesting is that they are aiming to conform to EPSRC expectations regarding the management and provision of access to EPSRC-funded research data between May 2012 and May 2015.

Their pilots will be conducted within schools/divisions where EPSRC funding is most active and they say that:

“…the pilot period will provide us with detailed information regarding the range of operational and support-related costs and sustainability issues and will be used to inform wider testing of the Research Data policy and Roadmap across all Colleges and Schools.”

Finch Committee on Open Access

The Finch Committee was set up last year by the science minister David Willetts. The Finch Committee is examining how UK-funded research findings can be made more accessible.

Even though the focus is specifically journal articles, conference proceedings and monographs,  there is also some parallel work taking place relating to research data and other outputs being conducted by the Royal Society.

All the meeting notes  are made available on the website of the Research information Network (RIN). The working group met again last week and are due to report their findings later in the year. Definitely one to look out for.

DOIs for Research Data and RDM Training Materials

ADMIRe induction and #gettingtogrips

I will be starting full-time with ADMIRe next week, so this month has mainly been taken up with ADMIRe  induction meetings, project planning with Tom and Bill, allocating tasks from the work packages, preparing presentations, and desk-based research on research data management (RDM) and data information literacy (DIL).

Research Data Management Training Materials

I have been looking at a very wide range of topics/issues related to research data management and have found the outputs from the JISC Research data management training materials (RDMTrain) projects particularly useful. Tomorrow, Tom and I will be joining Wendy (Faculty Team Leader, Medicine and Health Sciences) and colleagues from the Graduate School to explore the potential of the Research Data MANTRA course . This course is designed for PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data.

MANTRA is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that may be freely used by anyone. It is available through an open license for re-using, rebranding, and re-purposing. MANTRA is one of the key outputs from the first phase of the JISCMRD programme and has been produced by EDINA and Data Library, a division of Information Services, University of Edinburgh. Further information on the project is available from here.

Today I did a presentation for the Information Literacy Development Group (ILDG) on the issue of RDM and data information literacy skills (DIL). For some useful information on the role of data information literacy and libraries, the presentations from the recent Research Libraries UK (RLUK) event  are all available here. This event aimed to clarify the research library agenda with regard to RDM.

DOIs for Research Data

I came across this interesting article today (full-text freely available), published in the May/June 2012 issue of the D-Lib Magazine:

Implementing DOIs for Research Data‘, Natasha Simons, Griffith University, Australia. Natasha concludes that implementing DOIs has “raised governance questions common to other institutions that encouraged discussion and collaboration.”