Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Introduction to Data Management Planning & DMPonline

Half-day workshop, 1pm - 4pm, 29 January 2015 
The Wesley - Epworth Room, London

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to Data Management Planning and DMPonline, the DCC's web-based tool to help researchers write DMPs. You can create your own template(s), provide example/suggested answers and add tailored guidance to help researchers respond to requirements. We will demo DMPonline, profile the options available for customising the tool and undertake a practical exercise on data management planning.

See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/workshops/introduction-data-management-planning-dmponline

Friday, 26 September 2014

Research Data MANTRA (Management Training) online course for researchers

If you are interested in developing an awareness of good practice in research data management then the newly revised and updated open, online training course Research Data MANTRA is definitely worth a visit.

Research Data MANTRA
MANTRA is maintained by EDINA and Data Library, a division of Information Services, University of Edinburgh and this free online course is designed for researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project. 


This fourth release of MANTRA has been revised and systematically updated with new content, videos, reading lists, and interactive quizzes. 

New content in the online learning modules with the September, 2014 release include:



  • New video footage from previous interviewees and introducing Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History and Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry & Neuro-Imaging
  • Big Data now in Research Data Explained
  • Data citation and ‘reproducible research’ added to Documentation and Metadata
  • Safe password practice and more on encryption in Storage and Security
  • Refined information about the DPA and IPR in Data Protection, Rights and Access
  • Linked Open Data and CC 4.0 and CC0 now covered in Sharing, Preservation & Licensing
Good research data management skills enable researchers to better organise, document, store and share data, making research more reproducible and preserving it for future use. 







Wednesday, 13 August 2014

MRC/Wellcome drop-in research data management clinic

Are you funded by the either the MRC or Wellcome and want to find out more about their research data management and data sharing expectations? If so, then why not come and see us at the RDM drop-in clinic in the Medical School Social Space on C Floor on Tuesday 19th August between 11:00 am and 1.00pm.
The University Research Data Management team will be there and we are interested in hearing about how you deal with your research data throughout its lifecycle – from the creation and/or receipt of your data all the way through to its dissemination and re-use.
The clinic will provide you with an opportunity to share your thoughts on research data management planning, and in particular the funders’ expectations that a data management plan (DMP) is required at the grant application stage.
The clinic will provide information on how to:

·        Satisfy and comply with MRC/Wellcome research data expectations for data discoverability
·        Get a further understanding of free data management planning tools that are available, such as  the DMPOnline
·        Find out more about the University of Sheffield Research Data Management activities
·        Learn about the role of subject / disciplinary repositories and data deposit

So if you have a burning question on how to manage your research data please do drop-in and see us and feel free to bring along any draft DMPs you may already be working on.

Some common research data concerns include:
·        What are the legal and ethical issues surrounding my research data?
·        Do I need a data management plan as part of my funding application?
·        How do I securely store my data and back it up?
·        What does the MRC/Wellcome require me to do with my data post-project?
·        What is good practice regarding organising data and documenting it?
Event details:
Date:              Tuesday 19th August 2014
Location:         The Medical School Social Space, C Floor (Medical School Cafe 1828)
Time:              11.00 – 13:00

Further information on research data management is available from the University research data management website.

We look forward to seeing you there and please feel free to bring your lunch!

For further information please contact the Research Data Management Coordinator at rdm@sheffield.ac.uk


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Depositing your research data in ReShare

Reshare is the UK Data Service's online data repository for the archiving and sharing of research data.

ReShare is for data that are of interest to social sciences and humanities researchers. The primary audience is ESRC grant holders who have a contractual requirement under the ESRC research data policy to archive and share their research data.

In July a Webinar was delivered showcasing the features of ReShare and recordings from the Webinar are now available. See below for the presentations delivered, which includes a tutorial for researchers on how to self-deposit your research data in ReShare.





Remember if you are interested in publishing and sharing your research data we have further information on the University of Sheffield Research Data Management website.

What is special about your research data?

The 10th International Digital Curation Conference will be held in London from Monday 9 February to Thursday 12 February 2015.

The call for papers is now open and for the first time a new type of submission under the theme ‘Data Papers’ is inviting submissions to give you credit for the data you have created and shared.

The short presentation lightning talk is capped at five minutes in which you will have the opportunity to talk about your research data, describe your datasets, how the data was collected and the potential for reuse.

Data papers should be submitted as one-page abstracts using the template provided and the deadline for the submission of a data paper is *17 November 2014*. 
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Monday, 4 August 2014

STFC drop-in research data management clinic

Are you funded by the STFC and want to find out more about their research data management expectations? Drop in to St. George's Library and see the University research data management team on Tuesday 05th August.

The clinic will provide you with an opportunity to discuss research data management planning and will help you to:
v Satisfy and comply with STFC research data expectations for data discoverability
v Get a further understanding of free data management planning tools that are available, such as the DMPOnline
vFind out more about the University of Sheffield Research Data Management activities
v Learn about the role of subject / disciplinary repositories and data deposit
So, if you have a burning question on how to manage your research data please do drop-in and see us. Bring along any draft data management plans (DMPs) you may already be working on.
Some common research data management concerns include:
v What are the legal and ethical issues surrounding my research data?
v Do I need a data management plan as part of my funding application?
v How do I securely store my data and back it up?
v What does the STFC require me to do with my data?
v What are good ways to organise data and document it?
Event details:
Date:              Tuesday 05th August 2014
Location:         St. George's Library 
Time:              12:00 – 14:00
More information on research data management is available from the University research data management website.
We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information please contact the Research Data Management Coordinator atrdm@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday, 18 July 2014

BBSRC drop-in research data management clinic

Are you funded by the BBSRC and want to find out more about their research data management expectations? Drop in to Western Bank Library and see the University research data management team on Monday 21st July.
The clinic will provide you with an opportunity to discuss research data management planning and will help you to:
v Satisfy and comply with BBSRC research data expectations for data discoverability
v Get a further understanding of free data management planning tools that are available, such as the DMPOnline
v Learn about the role of subject / disciplinary repositories and data deposit
So, if you have a burning question on how to manage your research data please do drop-in and see us. Bring along any draft data management plans (DMPs) you may already be working on.
Some common research data management concerns include:
v What are the legal and ethical issues surrounding my research data?
v Do I need a data management plan as part of my funding application?
v How do I securely store my data and back it up?
v What does my research funder require me to do with my data?
v What are good ways to organise data and document it?
Event details:
Date:                Monday 21st July 2014
Location:        Western Bank Library
Time:               12:00 – 14:00
More information on research data management is available from the University research data management website.

For further information please contact the Research Data Management Coordinator at rdm@sheffield.ac.uk

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Research data events, workshops, and seminars

A couple of forthcoming national events, seminars, and webinars relating to research data management will be happening shortly. They look like really interesting events so thought I would share some of the details in case you are interested in attending.

UK Data Service Webinar
The UK Data Service is holding a webinar to showcase ReShare, their new online repository for research data. The format will be a 30-minute presentation followed by time for questions. It will take place on Wednesday 16 July 2014 between 16.00 and 17.00.

The webinar will be presented by staff from the UK Data Service Data Management Team based at the UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Further details of the webinar content and booking details.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Seminar
The LSHTM is holding a seminar on the discovery of public health & epidemiology research data.

The seminar will explore three key themes:

  • Current methods applied by Public Health Research Data Forum members to make research datasets available for access by others
  • Models and systems used by the broader research sector for data discovery that are relevant to the public health community
  • Recommendations for approaches that may be applied to enhance discovery and access to public health and epidemiology research data
The seminar will be relevant to researchers working with public health and epidemiological data, data managers, curators and archivists. It will also be of interest to research funders and others engaged in efforts to promote data sharing and re-use.
Attendance is free and open to all. You do need to register in advance if you wish to attend.


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 from 11:00 to 14:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
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ESRC drop-in research data management clinic

Are you funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and want to learn more about complying with their research data management expectations?

Have you planned to provide access to ESRC-funded research data after your research project/grant/activity has finished?

If you want to know more about:


If so, why not pop in and have a chat with the research data management team in the library. We are holding an informal ESRC RDM drop-in clinic and we look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me at rdm@sheffield.ac.uk

Date: Wednesday 16th July
Location: Western Bank Library, the Main Hall, Level 5
Time: 11:00 to 13:00

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

EPSRC drop-in research data management clinic

Are you funded by the EPSRC and want to learn more about complying with its research data management expectations? Have you planned to provide access to EPSRC-funded research data after your research project/grant/activity has finished?


  • Not sure how to comply with its data management expectations? 
  • Need to write a data management plan?

If so why not pop in and have a chat with the research data management team in the library. We are holding a EPSRC RDM drop-in clinic and we look forward to seeing you there.


Please feel free to bring your lunch.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me at rdm@sheffield.ac.uk 

Date: Tuesday 01st July 2014
Location: St. George's Library
Time: 12:00 to 14:00
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Friday, 30 May 2014

TUoS RDM Survey - some initial data

You may remember that during February 2014 we ran an institutional RDM Survey, gathering views and requirements on the RDM practices of our research community.

As part of identifying where we need to focus our attention regarding RDM service delivery (gaps and opportunities) this has proved to be a really useful and valuable user- requirements gathering exercise. Many thanks to all of you who responded and I thought I would share some of the initial results. An analysis of all the full responses is currently underway and we shall be producing a detailed report later in the Summer.

These results are based on the 433 complete responses.

How many respondents?
433 full responses
213 incomplete responses
646 in total

Faculty response rate
Over a third of responses were from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and a third of these was from one School.

What types of research data are you creating?
90% of you are creating documents and 75% are creating spreadsheets and on average you are creating 5 different types of research data.

Where are you storing your research data?
Some responses included:
64% using portable storage device
61%  local disk
42% Web based service
35% on paper

Estimate the volume of reseach data you expect to create during your current research activity
Some responses included:
28% 1 - 50 GB
17% more than a terabyte.

Did you develop a data management plan (DMP) for your current research activity?
25% had created a DMP.

Are you aware of any RDM expectations or requirements from your funder?
40% said they were aware of their funders research data requirements.

Training needs
Majority of respondents were definitely or possibly interested in training on all the topics listed in the survey.

  • 67% interested in training on funders requirements and RDM
  • 74% on developing a data management plan (DMP)
  • 72% on documenting your research data
  • 72% on storing your research data
  • 71% on sharing your research data
  • 70% on copyright and IP and your research data
  • 66% on data citation

Topics not listed but mentioned as areas that require further guidance and training included encryption and research data security.

Data discoverabilityand data sharing

  • 60% are willing to share their data at the end of their project. This response was fairly even across both Faculty and research role but restrictions on its use were required
  • 62% agreed/strongly agreed that they would be willing to share data across a broad group of researchers
  • 86% agreed/strongly agreed that it was important that their data is cited when used by other researchers
  • 54% agreed/strongly agreed that it is appropriate to create new datasets from shared data
So a busy time ahead identifying opportunities and priorities for future RDM service delivery and further training and advocacy.
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Research Data Alliance Europe - opportunity for early career researchers and scientists

Are you an Early Career European Researcher & Scientist working with data? If so, the Research Data Alliance  Europe is offering travel and subsistence support to attend the RDA Fourth Plenary Meeting which will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 22 - 24 September 2014.

If you are interested in applying you need to satisfy the following criteria:


  • Currently engaged in Bachelor, Masters, PhD or Post Doc studies
  • Study is conducted in a higher education or research institution based in Europe
  • Studies are of relevance & pertinence to RDA, and cover at least one of the Working or Interest Group subjects
The RDA working groups cover a wide range of topics and interests, including, data citation, data interoperability, big data analytics, biodiversity data integration, digital practices in history, ethics and social aspects of data, publishing data, research data provenance, and many more. 

The deadline for interested applicants is 30th June 2014 and further details regarding the application process is available from the RDA Europe Financial Support Programme for RDA Plenary 4 Web page.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Wellcome Trust survey on 'data discoverability'

The Wellcome Trust are conducting a survey that aims to examine the state of 'data discoverability' for public health research datasets.

The survey is aimed at anyone who is involved, at any stage in the research data life-cycle, so that the the views and understandings of the full range of stakeholders is taken into account.

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The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will inform and support the work of the Public Health Research Data Forum. The survey is open until Monday 21st April 2014.

Survey: https://epilab.ich.ucl.ac.uk/redcap/surveys/?s=ewIV2V4Csw
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

PLOS and their new data sharing policy

This week the non-profit publisher PLOS (Public Library of Science) has revised and updated its data sharing policy for all PLOS journals.

From 03rd March 2014 all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. The Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

PLOS state:
"...authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. "

Further guidance is provided on their blog. Information is provided on:

  • What they mean by data
  • What they mean by publicly available
  • Allowable exceptions to data sharing
Further updates and comments can be found @PLOS 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Free online training on customising the DMPonline

Just booked my place on the upcoming Digital Curation Centre (DCC) Webinar on customising the DMPonline. The DCC are planning to run a series of brief one hour sessions during spring/summer, covering some of the current issues, examples of good digital curation practice, and provide an overview of available tools.

The DMPonline is a DCC web-based tool which helps researchers write data management plans. The new version of the tool provides flexibility in terms of how institutions can customise it to their specific requirements. Useful features include:

  • Creating your own template to provide questions and guidance
  • Adding tailored guidance to help researchers answer funders questions
  • Providing examples and suggested answers
So if you want to find out more about data management plans (DMPs) this will be a useful training opportunity.
Further details and registration for the webinars is available here and the first webinar will be held on 13th March 2014.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Research data sharing bid from the Knowledge Exchange (KE)

A couple of interesting 'research data' related items have dropped into my inbox this week and caught my eye. Well not necessarily my email inbox, but more into my 'landscape RDM monitoring' inbox, from various communication channels!

A pilot study on  the use of incentives to share research data

The Knowledge Exchange are looking for an experienced sociologist or social scientist with expertise in the research dynamics or in the research sociological domains . They are inviting bids for work to conduct a pilot study on the use of incentives to share research data.

The aim of the study is to provide evidence and examples of useful incentives for data sharing from the researchers’ point of view. Proposals need to be submitted by 17th February 2014 and further information on the call is available here

A new 'data' publication for the biomedical, life and environmental science communities

Also an email alert from the Nature Publishing group with a reminder that Scientific Data the new OA, online-only publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets is currently calling for submissions. This publication will launch in May 2014 and is one way of making your data more discoverable, interpretable and reusable.
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TUoS institutional Research Data Management Survey - we want your views

We launched the TUoS institutional RDM survey last week, and thus far we have more than 180 responses.

The purpose of our survey is to investigate the research data management practices of researchers at The University of Sheffield. The University Research Data Management Service Delivery Group would like to gain a better understanding of the types of research data (both digital and non-digital) that you produce and use.

Responding to the survey will help us identify the priority areas of support and training required to help you to manage your research data in compliance with both institutional and funders' data expectations, and in-line with best research practice.

The survey is available here and please feel free to tell all your colleagues about the survey. It shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Friday, 10 January 2014

NERC and minting a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

An interesting announcement this week from NERC and their ability to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets held in Environmental Data Centres. Assigning DOIs will enhance the discoverability of research data by making it easier for data users to find and cite data and also give credit to the data producers.

NERC recommends that all data referenced in scientific publications should be formally cited and acknowledged and there are certain quality requirements that need to be met for data to be assigned a DOI.

They have produced guidance for NERC scientists wishing to have DOIs assigned to their datasets and further information is available from their Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) Web page.

The guidance is in a Q&A format, from the perspective of a data producer, and it includes useful information on how data citation fits in with a data management plan (DMP).

If you want to find out more about data citation you may find some of these resources useful:

DataCite - why cite data?

"Out of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data". Produced by the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices, 2013