The Value & Impact of Data Sharing & Curation

Jisc has published the synthesis report of the value & impact studies of Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). This report summarizes and reflects on the findings from a series of recent studies, conducted by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd. and Prof. John Houghton of Victoria University, into the value and impact of these three well established research data centers . It provides a summary of the key findings from new research and reflects on: the methods that can be used to collect data for such studies; the analytical methods that can be used to explore value, impacts, costs and benefits; and the lessons learnt and recommendations arising from the series of studies as a whole.

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Research Data Needs Assessment Study by the University of Iowa

The data management report, authored by Shawn Averkamp, Xiaomei Gu, and Ben Rogers, presents survey and interview findings from their recent data needs assessment study. This report was commissioned by the University of Iowa Libraries with the intention of performing a survey of the campus landscape and identifying gaps in data management services. The first stage of data collection consisted of a survey conducted during summer 2012 to which 784 responses were received. The second phase of data collection consisted of approximately 40 in-depth interviews with individuals from the campus and were completed during summer 2013. Findings are presented within five broad areas of data management: 1) data management planning, 2) data storage, 3) data organization and analysis, 4) data publishing and dissemination and, 5) sensitive data and compliance, with additional findings reported in the areas of research culture and funding models.

A Short Guide to Better Manage Scientific Data

10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data 

In this article entitled 10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data, authors from Computational Biology and Information Science (Alyssa Goodman, Alberto Pepe, Alexander W. Blocker, Christine L. Borgman, Kyle Cranmer, Mercè Crosas, Rosanne Di Stefano, Yolanda Gil, Paul Groth, Margaret Hedstrom, David W. Hogg, Vinay Kashyap, Ashish Mahabal, Aneta Siemiginowska, Aleksandra Slavkovic) offer a short guide to the steps scientists can take to ensure that their data and associated analyses continue to be of value and to be recognized. In just the past few years, hundreds of scholarly papers and reports have been written on questions of data sharing, data provenance, research reproducibility, licensing, attribution, privacy, and more, but the goal of this article is not to review that literature. Instead, authors present a short guide intended for researchers who want to know why it is important to “care for and feed” data, with some practical advice on how to do that.

Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy

EDUCAUSE Review on Data Management Policy 

This article represents a call for action to address the high-level benefits of adopting a university-wide policy regarding research data management. An institution should identify all the stakeholders, bring them together to discuss their interests, create policy, and actively determine how it will manage the university’s data assets.

Suggested elements of the conversation include:

  • Who owns the data?
  • What Requirements are Imposed By Others?
  • Which Data Should Be Retained?
  • For How Long Should Data Be Maintained?
  • How Should Digital Data Be Preserved?
  • Are there Ethical Considerations?
  • How are Data Accessed?
  • How Open Should the Data Be?
  • How Will Costs Be Managed?
  • What are the Alternatives to Local Data Management?

Educause Review Nov/Dec 2013

A full report can be downloaded from the OCLC website.

Seven Rules of Successful Research Data Management in Universities

Seven Rules of Successful Research Data Management in Universities by Sarah Jones and Simon Hodson

Digital Curation Centre staffer Sarah Jones and Jisc Program Manager Simon Hodson co-authored an article about UK University RDM initiatives in the Guardian Higher Education Network. Simon Hodson and Sarah Jones say,

It’s important to understand how your institution deals with research data.

To read the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jul/16/research-data-management-top-tips

Research Data Management Education for Future Curators

Research Data Management Education for Future Curators by Mark Scott, Richard Boardman, Philippa Reed and Simon Cox, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southamptohen

International Journal of Digital Curation. Volume 8, Issue 1 | 2013. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.261. http://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/download/8.1.288/313

Abstract

Science has progressed by “standing on the shoulders of giants” and for centuries research and knowledge have been shared through the publication and dissemination of books, papers and scholarly communications. Moving forward, much of our understanding builds on (large scale) datasets, which have been collected or generated as part of the scientific process of discovery. How will this be made available for future generations? How will we ensure that, once collected or generated, others can stand on the shoulders of the data we produce? Educating students about the challenges and opportunities of data management is a key part of the solution and helps the researchers of the future to start to think about the problems early on in their careers. We have compiled a set of case studies to show the similarities and differences in data between disciplines, and produced a booklet for students containing the case studies and an introduction to the data lifecycle and other data management practices. This has already been used at the University of Southampton within the Faculty of Engineering and is now being adopted centrally for use in other faculties. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the case studies and the guide, and reflect on the reception the guide has had to date.