JISCMRD Project Posters

A centrepiece of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme Launch Workshop was the poster session.  Feedback on the session has been very positive and a lot of projects seem to have found it a useful and effective way of finding out about each others’ work and establishing points of contact.  Many – but not all – projects have made their posters available.  Links are provided below – I may have missed some.  I would be grateful if all projects could make their posters available on their websites/blogs so that we can link to them here, for the general felicity and edification.

Strand A: Research Data Management Infrastructure

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Institutional Pilot Projects

ADMIRe (A Data Management Infrastructure for Research), University of Nottingham

Poster to be made available.

Data.bris, University of Bristol

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/2011/11/30/data-bris-poster-at-jisc-mrd-launch/

#idcc11 poster: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/2011/12/04/data-bris-at-idcc-11/

Iridium, University of Newcastle

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://iridiummrd.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/poster-for-jisc-mrd02-start-up-meeting-in-nottingham/

Leeds RoaDMaP, University of Leeds

Poster to be made available.

Orbital, University of Lincoln

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2011/11/22/introductory-poster/

Pilot Study in Health & Life Sciences, University of the West of England

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/servicesforresearchers/datamanagement/managingresearchdata/projectoutputs.aspx

Research360, University of Bath

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://www.scribd.com/doc/74251322/Research360-Poster

Research Data @ Essex, University of Essex

Poster to be made available.

Service Oriented Toolkit for Research Data Management, University of Hertfordshire

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2011/11/mrd-programme-launch-poster/

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Institutional Embedding and Transition to Service Projects

DaMaRO (Data Management Roll-out at Oxford), University of Oxford

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/damaro/2011/11/24/poster-for-the-jisc-mrd-meeting/

DataPool, University of Southampton

Poster to be made available.

MiSS (MaDaM into Sustainable Service), University of Manchester

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/webfm_send/588

Open Exeter, University of Exeter

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/openexeterrdm/files/2012/01/Poster1.pdf

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Disciplinary Projects

KAPTUR, University for the Creative Arts

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://kaptur.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/kaptur-poster-2011/

PIMMS (Portable Infrastructure for the Metafor Metadata System), University of Reading

Poster to be made available.

SWORD-ARM (SWORD & Archaeological Research data Management), University of York

Poster to be made available.

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Metadata

CERIF for Datasets, University of Sunderland

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/c4d-project-poster/

Strand B: Research Data Management Planning Projects

DATUM in Action, University of Northumbria

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/ceis/re/isrc/themes/rmarea/datum/action/

DMSPpsych, University of Sheffield

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster:

History DMP, University of Hull

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://historydmp.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/history-dmp-poster/

MaRDI-Gross, University of Lancaster

Poster to be made available.

REDM-MED (Research Data Management for Mechanical Engineering Departments), University of Bath

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop / #idcc11 Conference poster: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/27864/1/redm0pos111123mjd11.pdf

REWARD (Researchers using Existing Workflows to Archive Research Data), University College London

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/reward/documents/reward-poster-dec-2011

ROHRD (Rapid Organisation of Health Research Data), Imperial College London

Poster to be made available.

Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data, Queen Mary University of London

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/smdmrd_launch_poster.pdf

Strand C: Enhancing DMPonline Projects

DMP-SS (Data Management Planning for Secure Services), University College London

#jiscmrd Launch Workshop poster: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/dmp-ss/files/2012/01/DMP-SS_Poster_Dec2011_Stelios-A0.png

Oxford DMPonline, University of Oxford

Poster to be made available.

Reflection on Data Policies and their Implementation

Steve Hitchcock (@stevehit) from Southampton’s DataPool Project has published an interesting blog post about that project’s progress on taking forward a research data management policy.  DataPool’s three pronged approach (addressing system, policy and training) was described in Steve’s first post.  DataPool is pushing forward with the Southampton research data policy.  The project is currently hoping to have policy approved by University Executive Group and forwarded to Senate by March 2012 if all goes well.  Steve shares some details and reflections about the policy, process and function which are likely to be of interest to other JISCMRD projects:

The policy includes the policy document supported by a series of user guides to smooth implementation. It would be premature to describe the specifics of the policy here, although broadly it covers a researcher’s responsibilities, IPR, storage, retention, disposal and access, as well as setting out contextual issues such as purpose, objectives, and definitions.  My viewpoint on reading the draft policy is to anticipate how a researcher might respond to it in terms of clarity of actions, options and consequences. In this respect it is noticeable how much the policy has improved through review and iterations. …

We do not expect the policy to be without issues when it comes to implementation, clearly, for an initiative of this scale, but the policy will give the DataPool Project the basis to investigate and resolve the issues, in terms of actions and answers. On current schedule, there should be a year for the project to work with this.

There is little prior art on institutional data policy, and one of the reasons JISC has funded DataPool is not just to help produce a data policy, but to inform other institutions on implementation. … Policy implementation, monitoring and ability to adapt are the real testing ground for this latest phase of research data management projects.

Steve also engages in an interesting discussion on what should be defined as research data.  More precisely, perhaps it is a discussion of what research data should be subject to the requirements of research data policies to be retained and made available.  To my mind there are two criteria.  First, as Steve recognises the need to retain those data which underpin, provide evidence for, research findings as expressed in publications, that is research data ‘concerned with the quality and reproducibility of results, the bedrock of scientific testability’.  This is the most straightforward selection criteria.

Secondly, however, is the criteria of ‘reusability’ or ‘re-usefulness’ as Mansur Darlington will have it.  This is where the data collected may not necessarily underpin a publication – though it would be surprising if it didn’t – but for which there may be a value proposition in reuse in a number of ways.

There is likely a considerable overlap between these two criteria – but we should allow, I think, a) that some data is collected as part of a corpus susceptible to multiple analysis (time dependent observational data, archaeological digs, social surveys etc); and b) that many research projects will collect data that remains, somehow or other on the cutting room floor when publications are being prepared, but may have value in the longer term.

These are very general and abstract comments.  I would be very keen to understand whether JISCMRD projects are reaching in a more concrete and ‘empirical’ definition of a) what researchers understand by research data, and b) what research data the project and institution concludes should be subject to retention and availability policies.

JISCMRD02 Launch Workshop – Links to Blog Posts

There are a number of blog posts available providing accounts and discussions of the recent JISCMRD 2011-13 Launch Workshop.  I have provided links below.

I am very grateful to those of you who have posted accounts of the workshop as a whole or various sessions.  A few gaps remain and I would be grateful to anyone who was in those sessions for sharing their notes, thoughts and responses.  Please let me know if there are any I have overlooked – or any still in the pipeline.

DAY ONE – Thursday 1st December 2011

13.30-14.00 Introduction to the programme and the workshop (Simon Hodson)

An overview of the programme and strand objectives; timescales and key events; objectives and activities for the Launch Workshop.

Thorough and informative account of the opening session from Laura Molloy on the JISCMRD Evidence Gatherers’ blog: http://mrdevidence.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/12/12/jisc-managing-research-data-programme-–-mk-02-is-go/

Pablo de Castro’s typically thorough and informative overview of Day One on the Sonex blog: http://sonexworkgroup.blogspot.com/2011/12/dawn-of-new-jisc-mrd-programme.html

Marco Fabiani, Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data has provided a nice post covering the whole of day one: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/programme-launch-day-1

14.00-15.00 Brian Kelly, ‘Blogging Practices To Support Project Work’ (Brian Kelly)

Overviews and materials from Brian’s session

Brian Kelly, ‘Blogging Practices to Support Project Work’: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/blogging-practices-jiscmrd-2011/

Brian Kelly Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/blogging-practices-to-support-project-work

Brian Kelly Trip Report: Blogging Practices Session at the JISC MRD Launch Event (#jiscmrd): http://isc.ukoln.ac.uk/2011/12/05/trip-report-blogging-practices-session-at-the-jisc-mrd-launch-event-jiscmrd/

Brian Kelly’s Storify from the blogging session: http://storify.com/briankelly/blogging-practices-to-support-projects?awesm=sfy.co_QKo&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback

Summaries of this session:

MTG on Brian Kelly’s blogging tips and how the #kaptur_mrd project is planning to implement them: http://kaptur.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/jiscmrd-launch-brian-kelly-tips/

Related to this session, efforts have been made to provide pull together JISCMRD blogs, tweeters etc.

JISCMRD02 Tweeters: https://twitter.com/#!/briankelly/jiscmrd/members

Jez Cope’s Google Reader aggregated feed of #jiscmrd 2011-13 blogs: http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F16518345416216548412%2Fbundle%2FResearch%20data%20management

See also Jez’s post on the Research360 blog: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2011/12/jisc-mrd-project-blogs/

(One was also put together, some time ago, by Linsay Wood of the Iridium Project – mea culpa for not having spotted this sooner… http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F03736332647529966548%2Fbundle%2FMRD%20blog%20aggregation%20%28v0.3%29

Custom Google Search of #jiscmrd 2011-13 blogs: http://www.google.co.uk/cse/home?cx=014585586457452330127:sydesikwuxu

Custom Google Search set up by Linsay Wood of the Iridium Project: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=005355511682543137021:knmqkoyfkrq&hl=en

(See also the one set up as part of the DATUM for Health project looking over RDM Training Materials: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=000734657432312665985:qb4jguvqyia)

Brian’s session highlighted a number of points: apps for reading RSS feeds, the usefulness of applying analytics and the importance of having an explanatory page to laying out scope, purpose and approach for the blog.

Smartr For Following JISC MRD Project Twitter Links: http://isc.ukoln.ac.uk/2011/12/07/smartr-for-following-jisc-mrd-project-twitter-links/

Bill Worthington on Blog Analytics: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2011/12/jiscmrd-2011-2013-launch-meeting-%E2%80%93-blog-analytics/

Marco Fabiani, #smdmrd, has added a ‘blog policy’: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/blog-policies

15.00-16.30 Parallel Sessions

1) DCC Tools:

DCC-run workshop giving introductions to and walk-throughs of various DCC tools;  with time for discussion and sharing experiences.

Paul Stainthorpe, from the Orbital Project, has written up a really helpful summary of the session and the tools: http://paulstainthorp.com/2011/12/01/jiscmrd-programme-launch-day-1-%E2%80%93-dcc-tools-workshop/

2) UMF Tools and Demos:

Introductions and demos from the JANET Brokerage, from Eduserv and from UMF Research Data Management Software as a Service Projects.

Pablo de Castro’s blog touches on the content of the UMF Tools and Demos session: http://sonexworkgroup.blogspot.com/2011/12/dawn-of-new-jisc-mrd-programme.html

Marco Fabiani’s post, already mentioned above, provides a brief summary of this session: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/programme-launch-day-1

Presentations will appear shortly on the JISC website.  Has anyone else shared their thoughts on this session?

16.45-18.30 Poster Session and Networking

I shall publish a separate post with links to those posters that have been made available so far.  Were there any particularly reactions to this session, important contacts made or ideas sparked?

DAY TWO – 2nd December 2011

09.00-10.30 Benefits Evidence Gathering in the JISC Managing Research Data Programme, 2011-13

This session looked at approaches for gathering evidence of benefits and impact which will be important for projects and the programme, both in making a case for investment in research data management and contributing towards project business cases.  Simon Hodson introduced the session and provided an overview of the work in the previous programme and the role of the Programme Evidence Gatherers.  Neil Beagrie gave a practical introduction to the KRDS Benefits Analysis Toolkit.  Practical sessions encouraged projects to look in detail at the Benefits Framework Tool, the Value Chain Impacts Tool and consider what benefits the project is likely to generate and what evidence may be gathered.

All projects were asked to blog a first pass of the benefits which they felt they were most likely to achieve and the likely indicators, evidence and (where possible) metrics for these benefits.

Links to these posts will be provided at the Evidence Gatherers blog: http://mrdevidence.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

11.00-12.30 Thematic Parallel Sessions:

These sessions will focussed on lessons from the previous programme and related work in other institutions, which touches on a number of themes of relevance to the new projects:

A: Preparing a business case, development to service (June Finch, University of Manchester, MaDAM and MiSS Projects); identifying efficiency benefits, cost savings (James Wilson, University of Oxford, Sudamih, VIDaaS and DaMaRO Projects).

Bill Worthington from the #rdmtk_herts project has published a thorough and lively post on this session: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2011/12/jiscmrd-2011-2013-launch-meeting-–-thematic-session-on-business-case/

See also the overview post from James Wilson, #DaMaRO: http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/damaro/2011/12/08/jisc-mrd-launch-meeting/

B: Identifying and supporting researcher requirements; supporting researcher needs; evaluation (Meik Poschen, University of Manchester, MaDAM and MiSS Projects; Jonathan Tedds, University of Leicester, HALOGEN and BRISSkit Projects).

See the excellent and thorough overview form Marie-Thérèse Gramstadt of #kaptur_mrd: http://kaptur.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/jiscmrd-identifying-and-supporting-researcher-requirements/

On this session in particular, but also the whole second day, see Marco Fabiani, #smdmrd: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/programme-launch-day-2

C: Policy development (Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh and Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton); guidance and training materials (Sarah Jones, DCC; Laura Molloy, HATII, University of Glasgow)

Robin Rice’s presentation is available on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/rcrice/jiscmrd2-rrnov2011

Did anyone undertake to blog this session?

D: Data management planning and meeting funder requirements (Julie McLeod, University of Northumberland; Mansur Darlington, University of Bath; Brian Hole, UCL).

The presentations and discussion in this session will focus on a) disciplinary challenges as uncovered in requirements analyses, previous work and to what extent these relate to funder requirements and/or other drivers; b) use and adaptation of the DCC’s DMP checklist and/or DMPonline as a starting point; and c) how to go about supporting the execution of the plan and turning it into practice.

Angus Whyte of the DCC has made a number of thoughtful points in his post ‘Elephant Invades Room at JISCMRD 2011-13 Programme Launch’, which offers a nice discussion of the need for context in data management for different disciplines: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/news/elephant-invades-room-jisc-programme-launch-0

See also, from one of the presenters, Julie McLeod, DATUM in Action, ‘Comments on JISC MRD 2011-13 Launch Meeting’: http://datumrdm.blogspot.com/2011/12/comments-on-jisc-mrd-2011-13-launch.html

Mansur Darlington’s presentation is available from the REDm-MED Project site: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/27863/1/redm0pre111129mjd10.pdf

And micro posts of relevance from Simon Kerridge, Cerif 4 Datasets on ‘datapapers’ http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/data-papers/ and on Mansur Darlington’s delightful neologism ’reusefulness’ http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/re-usefulness/

13.30-15.00 Thematic Parallel Sessions

These thematic sessions were identified during the poster session and focussed on the following shared issues: projects taking a broad institutional approach, metadata strategies, projects concerned with health and life sciences, with  engineering, with the arts and humanities.

The intention was that these sessions should come up with actions to be announced in the wrap-up (even if this is simply at the level of ‘this group will keep in touch and exchange news of progress’).

Institutional Approaches

Monica Duke of DCC has given us a useful summary of the lessons and tips shared in this session: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/news/tips-institution-wide-data-management-planning

David Ford, #rdmtk_herts, noted those institutions which were present and taking a broad, institutional wide view of how to support RDM: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2011/12/jiscmrd-2011-2013-launch-meeting-%E2%80%93-institutional-approach-breakout-group/

Biomedical and Health Cluster

Bill Worthington, busy chap, has again written up a summary of these discussions: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2011/12/jiscmrd-2011-2013-launch-meeting-biomedicalhealth-breakout-group/

See also the post from Jonathan Tedds of the JISC/UMF BRISSkit Project (and also one of the JISCMRD Programme Evidence Gatherers): http://brisskit.blogspot.com/2011/12/jisc-managing-research-data-community.html

Metadata Issues and Strategies

Louise Corti, from RD@Essex, who facilitated this discussion, has provided an overview with clear actions: http://researchdataessex.posterous.com/metadata-session-feedback-mrd-2011-13-program

See also, the observations from Marco Fabiani, #smdmrd http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/programme-launch-day-2 and Anna Clements, #cerif4data http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/mrd-launch-meeting-metadata-everywhere/

Pablo de Castro’s overview on the SONEX blog provides details of the discussion and links to information about some of the metadata standards to be used by projects: http://sonexworkgroup.blogspot.com/2011/12/thematic-parallel-session-on-metadata.html

Engineering Cluster

Blog post on the Engineering Cluster from Graham Blyth of the Leeds RoaDMaP Project: http://blog.library.leeds.ac.uk/blog/roadmap/post/19

Arts and Humanities Cluster

In Oh, the humanities! A discussion about research data management for the Arts and Humanities disciplines Laura Molloy has provided a detailed account of this session on the #jiscmrd Evidence Gatherers’ blog.

General Overviews of the Workshop

There are also a couple of overviews of the workshop which are worth a look:

Jenni Crossley, UWE: http://blogs.uwe.ac.uk/teams/mrd/archive/2011/12/06/mrd-programme-launch.aspx

David Allen, Research 360, Bath: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2011/12/mrd-programme-launch/