Data management plans – DMPonline

Many research funding bodies require submission of a data management plan (DMP) (or similar document) with a funding bid. They are also a valuable document for any project as they set the scent for the collection and management of research data throughout the full life cycle of the project.

The Digital Curation Centre’s DMPonline is an online tool researchers can use to create and maintain a DMP. The University has developed guidance embedded in DMPonline to aid researchers in drafting a DMP. You will also find the instruction offered by the Digital Curation Centre very useful when completing a DMP.

You can Sign up with your university email address and a password of your choice. IT Services have advice on creating a secure password (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/reg/guidance/). When your DMPonline accout has been created you can link this to your university credentials. DCC have produced a DMPonline screencast to show how the tool works, this is also featured on DMPonline’s homepage.

A previous post highlights some useful resources to assist in the creation of a data management plan (Research data management planning).

The University Library’s Research Support web pages provide advice on research data management.

Resource for projects creating survey data

The UK Data Service has produced a very useful guide to ‘Depositing shareable survey data’ (http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/newsitem/?id=3836). The guide covers all aspects of thinking and planning for data collection, consent, preparing data for deposit, and depositing with the UK Data Service. Although the latter section in the guide highlights the requirements when depositing with the UK Data Service, the concepts and some of the activities are transferable.

Research data management – Staff Workshop

The University Library is running a series of workshops for staff this July with the aim of helping you get the best results for your research. One of their sessions covers Research Data Management, details are provide below.

Tuesday 15th July, 2-4pm
Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. This session examines the importance of managing your data effectively and how to express this in a data management plan. It will also consider the issues of sharing and archiving data and how you can do this to meet funder requirements, as well as your own research needs.

Research Data Managament for academic and research staff

Explore Research Data Management in more depth at this workshop:

Research Data Managament for academic and research staff
Friday 4th April 10-12, Library Seminar Room 1:

Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. This session examines the importance of managing your data effectively and how to express this in a data management plan. It will also consider the issues of sharing and archiving data and how you can do this to meet funder requirements, as well as your own research needs.

Please book via Learn: http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=9758&section=5 (You will need to accept an enrollment key when you first access this module). Please note that this session is designed for staff; workshops for PGRs will take place in May and can be booked via the Gradauate School’s booking page on Learn.

Research Committee approve draft Research Data Policy

Loughborough University’s Research Committee have approved a draft Research Data Management Policy. The policy is likely to be amended as services are developed and as it is considered at other committees. However, Research Committee approval is a good first step for this developing policy.

We would like to acknowledge the support we received from colleagues at the Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh and University of Oxford in creating our draft policy.

RDM case study

Dr Erika Whiteford has kindly written a research data management case study for the Lakes and the Artic Carbon cycle project. Erika’s case study highlights the value historic research data brings to our understanding of the future. It also illustrates the importance of managing research data and sharing it for possible future studies.

Erika’s case study is available via the university Library’s Research Support web pages.

RCUK Data Policies

Research Councils UK have devised Common Principles on Data Policy. This establishes their position on the management of research data produced by projects they fund, as well as taking steps to making data publically available.

Each Council has slightly different requirements in relation to proposals for funding and the research data arising from the projects they fund. The Digital Curation Centre have pulled together a useful summary table together with information on funders’ data policies. See their Overview of funders’ data policies web page for further details.

UK HEI RDM survey and the DCC

This post makes an interesting addition to earlier posts regarding our UK HEI Research Data Management survey and the benefits of being part of the JISCMRD programme.

We looked at the survey results and DCC engagement institutions to see whether there was any evidence to suggest that institutions with RDM services in place received DCC support.

An initial mapping of data from the survey against data on institutions receiving DCC support revealed similar numbers had a research data management policy. Thirty-eight percent (9 out of 15) receiving DCC support had a research data policy compared with 39% (15 out of 38) of all respondents. However, un-supported institutions, those not supported by the DCC s or not part of the JISCMRD programme were less likely to have a research data management policy (20% [3 out of 15]).

Research Data Policy

Research Data Policy

Similarly, 15% (2 out of 13) of those receiving DCC support had a research data service in place, but this proportion falls to 7% (1 out 15) for un-supported institutions.

Research Data Service

Research Data Service

Thus support, whether through funded projects, DCC support or a mixture of both has a significant impact in policy development. This applies even when such development is not a condition of funding; only MRD-funded projects had such a requirement.

It’s worth noting some overlaps between JISCMRD and DCC support. A few of the institutions in our survey had a bit of both. More generally DCC helped facilitate JISCMRD workshops and have a continuing brief to promote its lessons across other institutions.