Blog: Institutional Repositories and Disciplinary Data Repositories

Those who are interested in knowing more about repositories for data sharing and preservation, here are a couple blogs at Data Pub hosted by the California Digital Library (CDL). The three recent blogs by Carly Strasser (CDL), John Kratz (CDL), and Natsuko Nicholls (University of Michigan) feature the subject of institutional and disciplinary data repositories.

Blog: Building and Visualizing the Research Lifecycle Model

Followers of Data Forwards will be interested in reading a recent blog post by Fe Sferdean at Data@MLibrary. She wrote about the University of Michigan Library’s data initiative by focusing on the role of Research Lifecycle Committee and its work progress.

Fe notes in her blog, “(o)ne main focus of the committee was creating a generic research lifecycle model as a visual tool to communicate the research process and the library services to the U-M campus. Illustrating the research and data lifecycles helped the committee to analyze and discuss the definitions and overall layout of the different stages of research and how the data lifecycle is a part of the research process.”

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Managing Your History Research: From Creating to Sharing

Data Management, Open access, and Digital Tools for Historians

In this blog post, Dr Matt Phillpott as a historian talks about how to manage data. He opens his post addressing the question of what research data is.

“During the research process historians produce a whole heap of materials including notes, quotations, statistics, interview transcripts, images, databases, spread sheets and much more besides. We consider this part of the research process, but rarely consider it in terms of producing data that needs to be conserved and archived in its own right. I think it’s still true that historians still tend to talk in terms of final publishable content, and not in terms of the underlying materials (or data) that the publications rely upon.”

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Data, Metrics, and Professional Realities

It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough | LSE Blog

For those interested in stepping back and looking at how data issues play a role in the evolving institutional and financial context of research, here’s a blog post by Eric Kansa who directs Open Context a data publishing venue for archaeology. He explores how better metrics (to encourage data publication) are not necessarily a panacea by themselves, but need to be examined along with other issues in the professional context of research.

Data@MLibrary Blog

Updates from the Research Data Services Team at the University of Michigan Library

Recently, the RDS team has launched its blog site, Data@MLibrary, in order to provide an update on how the University of Michigan Library has been extending its current mode of research support to encompass the management, sharing, and preservation of research data. The team aims to give a bi-weekly update. The most recent blog post draws your attention to examples of how subject specialists continue to engage with the UM research community by extending their support for research and offering resources and consulting services in data management.

Practice Safe Science: Five Reasons to Protect Your Scientific Data

As data output grows, effective data management is only going to get more difficult

Research data management is quickly becoming one of the most pressing issues facing the scientific community, not just for university management teams, but for every individual researcher. In his blog post, Nathan Westgarth elaborates on the points presented and on how the research process can be made more efficient through the better use of technology.

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, Blog Post

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks – help or hindrance to academic research?

Recently, we hear more and more about electronic lab notebooks as a way of better managing lab data. Here is a blog post on the ELN topic by the University of Edinburgh.

On the 30 October 2013 the University of Edinburgh (UoE) organised what I believe to be the first University wide meeting on Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN), and allowed a number of Principal Investigators (PIs) and others the opportunity to provide useful feedback on their user experiences.  This provided an excellent opportunity to help discuss and inform what the UoE can do to help its researchers, and whether there is likely to be one ‘solution’ which could be implemented across the UoE or if a more bespoke and individual/discipline specific approach would be required.

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