This is very good time to talk about effective research data management. It has recently hit the headlines and now that a tweet can be considered a valid freedom of information request, the issue will become even more pressing for researchers and the organisations for which they work. Universities are already thinking about their submissions for the research excellence framework, which will comprise a complete set of data about staff, outputs, impact and the research environment. Some of this information may stretch back historically to before the staff preparing the submission even started in their roles. So the need for a proper strategy is becoming ever more critical.
How universities and researchers manage the issues around research data varies massively – and of course will depend on the type of data they hold – whether sound recordings of bird songs, text mining results from Shakespeare’s plays, thousands of measurements provided by space probes, hours of rare film recordings, DNA sequences or qualitative data from psychological research interviews.
JISC is live streaming its conference next Tuesday 13 September around research integrity – specifically on the importance of good research data management. Our aim is to bring together the current thinking on effective practice and give senior staff and researchers an opportunity to debate the thornier issues, like whose responsibility this is and how to manage freedom of information requests.
We welcome your input: submit your questions via twitter by using #jiscres11 and we’ll put them to our panel. You can also watch the keynote speakers live on Tuesday, who alongside me include:
- Professor David Baker, deputy chair of JISC
- Professor Dave De Roure, professor of e-research, Oxford University e-Research Centre and national strategic director of Digital Social Research
- Professor Sir Tim O’Shea, principal and vice chancellor of University of Edinburgh and chair of JISC
- Professor Kevin Schürer, pro vice chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Leicester
During the conference you will:
- Learn why research data management matters and who should be responsible for research data management in your organisation
- Read recommended reports and resources as they are referred to by the speakers
- Understand from case studies what success might look like
- Watch key experts describe the routes to successful data management
- Participate on Twitter and ask questions of the speakers using #jiscres11
It’s the kind of discussion we think could be helpful to professionals in the UK and internationally so if you know people who you think would be interested I’d really value you sending this information on.
There’s no need to register – simply add a date in your diary for 10am on 13 September 2011 and join us online here.
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