An Exchange of Experience on Managing Research Data

The Globe room at LSHTM On November 18th 2013, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine organised a two hour seminar for support staff interested or involved in RDM developments. The seminar kick-started a week of events being organised at the School to celebrate Explore Your Archives week , examining the emerging role that digital collections have within libraries and archives. The seminar format was intentionally unstructured – there would be no presentations, just a set of broad topics to encourage discussion. The informal nature of the discussion created a relaxed atmosphere, which was encouraging for those who were new to the topic. The shortness of the seminar – just two hours over lunchtime – was also seen as a benefit. Participants could simply take an extended lunch break and go back to work, rather than spending half or a whole day out of the office. Read more

Seminar Report: Performing Data Collection using Mobile Devices

To kick-off the new term, the RDM Support Service organised a lunch time seminar on Mobile Data Collection. This is a hot topic at the moment - many researchers are interested in using mobile devices to gather information, but they are often unsure on the processes and procedures that should be applied, and the software and hardware tools that should be used. The seminar bought together experts from the Karonga Prevention Study, Tazama project and ORION project to share their experience of working with mobile devices in the field, highlighting the successes, failures, and challenges that they’ve encountered. The session built upon a Mobile Data Collection briefing paper produced by Dan Arthur of IT Services on the software tools available for use. The session attracted significant interest, with over 40 people giving up their lunch hour to attend the session. There was also widespread interest in the presentations slides by people who were working overseas. Read more

Seminar report: ‘Keep Research Secure and address Open Access obligations’

On September 24th the Library & Archives Service and IT Service organised a 90 minute seminar on dealing with information security and open access requirements in research project on September 24th. The purpose of the session was to demonstrate how research projects could address conflicting requirements for keeping information secure and making it available for access and use, through adoption of a considered approach to data management. Read more

Research Data Management at LSHTM – Survey Results

The results and analysis of the Research Data Management survey at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are now available for access. The survey was performed to investigate three topics:

Determine the activities currently performed by LSHTM researcher to manage research data;

Identify the data management challenges and…

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February 2013 Activities

I haven’t posted anything for a few months, but work on the RDM Support Service continues nonetheless. To provide an update on progress, I will start to post a regular report on activities performed each month.

I should note that many of the referenced documents are still in a…

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Developing Data Management Expertise in Research

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2012
Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK

This half-day event explored the evolving requirements for managing and sharing research data and steps that may be taken to address these issues. It brought together speakers from several institutions to examine the…

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Open Access Week 2012: Opening Research and Data

This event, held to celebrate Open Access Week 2012, features a variety of speakers talking about all aspects of the open access and open data agendas.

Confirmed speakers are as follows:

Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London “Open access after Finch and RCUK” 
Ben Ryan, ESPRC ‘RCUK…

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Knee-deep in survey work

I’ve spent the past few weeks meeting with people to discuss their current approach to data management and the type of issues that they encounter with their data. The face-to-face meetings have been useful, providing an interesting insight into the weird and wonderful research being performed in…

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What do funders want?

Do you find yourself lying awake at night wondering about your funders’ requirements for data management and sharing? Probably not. However, if you’ve obtained research funding in the past 3 years, you may be required to comply with certain requirements for research data management. The RDM Support Service has…

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RDMSS at UCL’s Data Management Planning workshop

Frieda Midgley and I attended a workshop on Data Management Planning for Public Health Research at the UCL Institute of Child Health earlier today. During the workshop, I gave a brief overview of current plans for LSHTM’s Research Data Management Support Service. Slides for my talk may be accessed…

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