Bloomsbury Data Week

Bloomsbury Data Week: 16-20 January 2017

The LSHTM Research Data Management Service are organising a series of events with our counterparts at SOAS and Birkbeck to celebrate research data in its various forms. Join us during 16-20th January 2017 for the following events.

Monday 16 January

Requirements and Solutions for Data Sharing
11.00-13.00. SOAS – Room 4426 (Main Building, 4th Floor)

This seminar will share best practice in the preparation, anonymisation and documentation of research data, and discuss how you can analyse and interrogate your data more effectively.

Guest Speakers:

Mark Elliot, UK Anonymisation Network
Mark will explore the main strategies and considerations for data anonymisation.

Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Archive, University of Essex
Veerle will describe the various tasks that researchers should perform when preparing data for sharing, including documentation preparation, format conversion, rights clearance, etc. and the time/resources that should be allocated to each task. Veerle will also outline the support available from the UK Data Archive.


Writing a Data Management Plan Workshop
12.00-14.00, SOAS Library – Room E17

This workshop will provide practical guidance on how you can write a Data Management Plan for your research bid. It is open to all academics from SOAS, LSHTM and Birkbeck.

The session will be led by Gareth Knight, Research Data Manager, LSHTM


Data Management Drop-In for PhD Students
14:00-17:00, SOAS Doctoral School, 53 Gordon Square, Room GS303

Come to our drop-in session for answers to your research data management questions. Open to PhD students from LSHTM, Birkbeck and SOAS. No booking necessary just pop in!


Tuesday 17 January

Applying Data Collection Tools in Research
12.30-14.00, Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM

This seminar will explore the use of electronic devices and software tools available to collect research data in the field. Each speaker will provide a case study of a specific research project, describing the approach they took to gather data, practical challenges encountered and how these were addressed.

Case Studies will be provided by the following researchers:

Carlos Oya, Reader in the Political Economy of Development, SOAS
Carlos will discuss the use of computer-assisted interviewing and his experience of using Survey Solutions in research.

Keith Tomlin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Disease Control, LSHTM
Keith will discuss his work in the IDEAS project to perform a modular household survey in Ethiopia and the evaluation process that led to the choice of CSPro.

Dr Chrissy Roberts, Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, LSHTM
Chrissy will talk about Open Data Kit (ODK) and its use in research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


Wednesday 18 January

Shifting Perspectives on Research Data
14.00-15.30, SOAS Library, Room E17

Guest Speakers:

Lauren Gawne, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Endangered Language Documentation Programme, SOAS.
“Talking about data: An introduction to the state of the field in Linguistics”
Lauren ‘s research focuses on the use of gesture and language in Tibetan varieties spoken in Nepal. She will discuss how notions of research reproducibility have developed in her field and report on a survey of data management practice in the linguistics community and its impact on research writing. Her talk will offer practical suggestions on how methodology description can be improved in research.

Chris Grundy, Assistant Professor of GIS, LSHTM.
“Different perspectives on research data management – crowd sourcing and institutions”
Chris will discuss the opportunities and challenges of crowd sourcing research data, and they ways in which data protocols can respond to these developments. He will also explore how to think about research data from an institutional perspective.

Alessandro Provetti, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics
Alessandro will discuss his research in the field of Social Network Analysis.


Thursday 19 January

Funder and Publisher Approaches to Research Data
14.30-16.00, SOAS Library, Room E17

Fiona Murphy, Senior Associate at Murphy Mitchell Consulting.
Fiona will speak about the data publishing landscape, and the ways in which data is becoming increasingly important from a publishers perspectives.

David Carr, Programme Manager – Open Research, Wellcome Trust
David will speak about the Wellcome Trust’s policy on data sharing, and their approach to working with the broader researcher community to address the challenges of data sharing. He will also explain the new Wellcome Open Research publishing platform and how it may be used to rapidly publish research findings.
This talk will be of interest to anyone with, or aiming for Wellcome funding in the future, and for anyone with an interest in sharing data, and Open Research.


Friday 20 January

Research Data Management Drop-In for Academic Staff
14:00-17:00, Manson Foyer, LSHTM

Need some advice about looking after your research data? Not sure about your funder requirements for sharing data? Having trouble writing a data management plan? Come by and speak to us. Book an appointment or just turn up on the day.

Email the event organisers at for more information.

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