Thursday, 17 March 2016

Audio-Visual Resources and The Academic Book of the Future - New British Library Survey

The British Library has collaborated with AHRC on funding work looking at the Academic Book of the Future. As part of this, the British Library sounds team has been looking at how audio-visual material is, and can be, incorporated into the academic book.

This topic is very relevant to how data is used and incorporated into the research literature, and to the Unlocking Thesis Data work - since audio-visual content is the data type many are using for their research!

The survey on research use and production of audio-visual content is at:

Friday, 19 February 2016

Research Database Survey

The University of Oxford IT Services are running an online survey on behalf of JISC, looking at how researchers choose and use databases to manage their research data.

“If you are a researcher who organizes data in databases, please spare a few minutes to complete our survey on the use of databases for research:

The survey will inform Jisc decisions regarding the provision of a national database service developed from the ‘Online Research Database Service’ (ORDS) created by staff at the University of Oxford. The survey is anonymous and shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete.”

The survey will run until 4th March and the results will be made openly accessible in due course.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Researcher Data Sharing Surveys

As this blog has been quiet for several months, I thought it time to draw attention to a poster reporting results from Wiley's 2014 survey of researchers on their attitudes to data sharing:

One of the findings indicates that the majority of respondents who made their research data publicly available, did so as supplementary material in a journal.

An infographic recently published by the Beyond Downloads Project (December 2015), displays the results of their survey of researchers' attitudes to sharing scholarly articles:

Although this concerns the sharing of scholarly articles (the majority are sharing full-text and via email), this may have a bearing on research data sharing - and on provision of RDM services tailored to researcher preferences.