Managing Research Data: a pilot study in Health and Life Sciences

Survey questionnaire and mind map - comments requested

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Following the briefings our questionnaire survey has now been sent to the researchers participating in the pilot. It was developed from the DAF, the Northampton University DAF survey and the findings of the Incremental and MaDAM projects. The questionnaire aims to understand the data held by the researchers, discover the influences and barriers they perceive in managing their research data and establish what guidance and support they use and require to assist them. We will publish the questionnaire once the survey and analysis is complete.

Whilst drafting the questionnaire and in an attempt to understand the complexities of RDM, I developed a mind map of the components or facets which I'd  like to share with readers. It's not perfect or finished and I would welcome any feedback or suggestions for improvement. In particular I'm interested in its usefulness in other contexts. When or in what context do you think it would be helpful? 
It's available on our project website. Apologies for the slight 'smudging' of the image which resulted from the PDF conversion, I used Inspiration mind mapping software originally.

Researcher Briefings at UWE

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We held 2 briefings last week for the researchers involved in our pilot project. Seven researchers, a research supervisor and a research centre director attended the 2 sessions. The JISC MRD programme, our pilot project, its objectives and anticipated outcomes were explained and we discussed our expectations of their involvement in terms of time and activity. The researchers then briefed us on their projects and some known issues. These include:

  • Video and audio data
  • Transfer of large video files
  • Large and expected rapid increase in volumes of data
  • A range of data 'owners'
  • Strict ethical guidelines (including Human Tissue act)
  • Mixed commercial and research council funding
  • NHS compliance and requirements for ethics and data management
  • Variety of NHS relationships (sponsor, partner/funder, host)

With such a varied mix we anticipate some interesting times ahead!

MRD South West meeting at Bath

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I attended a meeting of the south west MRD projects at Bath last week. It was useful to gain an overview of the other projects, explore commonalities and the potential for information sharing. A brief summary of the main topics follows:

 Concerns expressed over the sustainability and effectiveness of online delivery. Are face to face workshops necessary and who should deliver these in the future? Including support staff in training (library and research support) could be important for sustainability. Timing of PG skills development  felt to be crucial to avoid overloading new PGRs; basic guidance at start followed by specific training as appropriate.

DMPs We discussed the need to identify where the expertise to advise and write DMPs fits in the infrastructure and to provide training for the designated staff. Also where the checks for DMPs sit in the approval process, possibly with compulsory checks Recognised that integration within a project's normal procedures and processes involves a culture change and could take 4-5 years to enact.

Policy Development a broad institutional policy statement (e.g. Edinburgh) envisaged with specific detail in separate supplemementary documents (which could be discipline specific) and can update more frequently. Edinburgh was referenced as a good example.

Use of tools/methodologies DAF used by Bristol and Exeter, UWE questionnaire based on earlier project findings and DAF. Bath and Bristol using CARDIO (Bristol to establish current practice and requirements gathering).

Repositories Bath and UWE using Eprints, Bristol Drupal, Exeter DSpace. Bristol plan to place repository on top of their RDSF system. Exeter hope to integrate their outputs and data repositories. Problems with uploading and holding large datasets identified by Bristol and Exeter.

Thanks to Jez Cope for arranging and Bath for hosting the meeting.