New Guide Released: Sharing Survey Data

The UK Data Service has released a new guide Depositing Shareable Survey Data

This 16-page handbook, developed by a specialist team at the UK Data Service with extensive input from UK government departments, academic survey owners and survey producers, will take you through the full data journey, from fieldwork planning to eventual user access. While the guide is specifically developed to support new depositors of large-scale surveys, the principles apply to a wide range of significant data deposits.

Reproducibility? It’s Still a Challenge

Some scientific research are inherently easier (or harder) to reproduce others. A recent blog post by Rich FitzJohn, Matt Pennell, Amy Zanne and Will Cornwell at rOpenSci. The level of reproducibility depends upon the set of tools available to researchers, for instance, open source software, cloud computing, data archiving, standardized biological materials, and widely available computing resources. Authors also discuss two parts of the reproducibility, the data and the analysis, as well as associated challenges.

Meet the guy whose life is Open Access and Open Data

Fiona Murphy (Wiley) recently interviewed Mark Thorley (NERC, the Natural Environment Research Council) about his work on Open Access (OA) policy and research data. as Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network. In his interview, he talks about his mission to remove as many barriers as possible to the outputs of the funded research – both publications and data – in order to support research as well as other exploitation uses, both commercial and non-commercial.

Continue reading Fiona Murphy’s blog reporting her interview with Mark Thorley…

New DMPTool Released Today

The new DMPTool is released today, May 29, 2014, with new interface and functions.

  • New user interface with embedded tips and help throughout
  • Library of publicly available data management plans
  • Assigning plan co-owners for better collaboration
  • New help on data management in general
  • Frequently Asked Questions, where users can submit questions and get answers
  • 90-second video explaining the DMPTool
  • Quick-start guide for creating a DMP
  • Up-to-date data management funder requirements

The DMPTool blog site will tell you more details about this newly released DMPTool version 2.

Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers

Two data service specialists from Purdue University Libraries have recently published a research guide (LibGuide) to help undergraduate students with data management. This LibGuide has several different tags: data management plans, file naming conventions, documentation, security/backup, and publication/preservation.

While a number of  research guides were published on the subject of data management across institutions, there are not that many LibGuides that particularly focus on undergraduate researchers. This may be of great use to other  librarians for creating a similar data management guide for undergraduate researchers.

Take a look at the LibGuide: Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers

New Video Shows How to Cite Data

By properly citing data in research publications, it not only acknowledges sources, it also makes it easier for others to discover, (re-)use, and re-purpose the data. Data citation is quickly becoming best practice across all disciplines. This new video tutorial shows data users how to retrieve citation information directly from UK Data Service resources. Although this video particularly focuses on how-to-cite datasets from the UK Data Service, it covers general principles of data citation, including what it is and why it is important.

In addition to the UK Data Service website guidance, other data centers and repositories also provide similar data citation guidance, including the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

 

DataPub Blog on Data Publication

DataPub at CDL has recently published a blog post, “Fifteen Ideas about Data Validation (and Peer Review),” by John Kratz who discusses a new concept of ‘data validation’ and emerging practices of dataset peer review. Kratz mentions that “(s)ome form of validation at some stage in a data publication process is essential… However, the scientific literature’s validation mechanisms don’t translate as directly to data as its mechanism for, say, citation.”

If you’d like to find out more about data citation, DataPub’s new webpage may be of interest to you.