This page contains a list of interesting links on the topic of Research Data Management written for use in different institutions and disciplines.
Scott, Mark, Boardman, Richard P., Reed, Philippa A.S. and Cox, Simon J. (2012) Introducing research data. University of Southampton
Digital Curation Centre – Funders’ Data Policies – List of web links to Data Policies published by funding bodies
Digital Curation Centre – Funders’ Data Plan Requirements – Summary of data plan requirements for various funding bodies.
De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders – Analysis of US funder requirements
BBSRC Data Sharing Policy – Policy and Frequently Asked Questions
EPSRC Policy Framework on Research Data Management – EPSRC’s expectations concerning the management and provision of access to EPSRC-funded research data
ESRC Research Data Policy – Description of the ESRC’s expectation for research data management and guidance material on data managment plans and data citation.
RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy – Overarching framework for individual Research Council policies on data policy
Wellcome Trust: Policy on Data Management and Sharing – Statement outlining their commitment to data management and sharing
INSTITUTIONAL RDM STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
University of Bath: Roadmap for EPSRC: Compliance with Research Data Management Expectations. There is also a blog post on its development.
RDM ACTIVITIES BEING PERFORMED BY ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
University of Oxford – Overview of Data Management Projects and initiatives being performed by Oxford University
OVERARCHING RDM GUIDANCE MATERIAL
Australian National Data Service – Data Management Framework – Broad guidance on planning research projects, collecting and managing data, and ensuring that data is well documented.
University of Cambridge: Support for Managing Research Data – Guidance material on research data management published by their library services
University of Glasgow: Data Management Support for Researchers – Guidance material and training course on data management
Institute of Historical Research: Data Preservation for Historians – tutorials that describe good practice for managing research data and ensuring it is accessible. Although written for historians, it is generally accessible for anyone who produces databases, and other research outputs. Documentation is also available on database design and handling audiovisual content.
Keele University – Research Data Management and Sharing
University of Oxford: Research Data Management – Excellent website that explores decisions to be made at each stage of the research lifecycle
University of Sheffield: Department of Psychology. RDM Support Site –Guidance material describing practical steps for managing research data in the short term and producing Data Management Plans for ESRC funding. The material has been written for researchers producing psychology research data, but is broadly applicable to anyone working in the social sciences. Other material is available on the DMTpsych website.
University of Southampton: Research Data Management – RDM support material
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research Data Management Across the Disciplines – Excellent 5 day course on research data management
MANTRA – Research Data Management Training – Free online course created and maintained by the University of Edinburgh on the topic of RDM.
UK Data Archive: Creating and Managing your Data – Documentation that examines the research data lifecycle and provides practical guidance for creating/capturing, structure, storing and managing, and publishing research data. There is also a print-out-and-keep handbook.
Darlington, M., 2012. Project Data Record Manifest Template for Research Projects. Documentation. Bath, UK: University of Bath
CREATING RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT PLANS
Brunt, K. 2011. How to Write a Data Management Plan for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal – Title says it all
Donnelly, M. & Jones, S. (2011). Checklist for a Data Management Plan – A description of the 118 headings and questions that make up the DCC’s Checklist for a Data Management Plan (v3.0).
ICPSR, Institute of Social Research (2011). Framework for Creating a Data Management Plan
Jones, S. (2011). Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan – Broad guidance on creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan for various funders
Wellcome Trust: Developing a Data Management and Sharing Plan – Guidelines for planning and producing a DM&S Plan
Darlington, M. and Ball, A., 2012. A Research Data Management Plan for Engineering Research. Documentation. Bath, UK: University of Bath. Also see Template Report
Darlington, M. and Ball, A., 2012. Naming Documents for Better Organization. Documentation. Bath, UK: University of Bath
UKDA. (2011). Costing Research Data Management in the Social Sciences – guide to calculating costs associated with data management
NEGOTIATING AND HANDLING RIGHTS ISSUES
Ball, Alex. (2011). How to Licence Research Data – Paper that examines the reasons that researchers should consider data sharing policy and licence models available
JISC Legal (n.d) Copyright and Intellectual Property Law – Broad overview of issues surround copyright and IPR
Rusbridge, Chris & Charlesworth, Andrew. (2010). FOI and Research Data: Researchers’ Questions and Answers – A QA published by JISC that examines commons questions with regards to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and their implications for research data
ANONYMISATION OF DATA
Australian National Data Service (n.d). Data Citation Awareness – Discussion paper on topic of data citation
ESRC (n.d.) Data Citation: What You Need to Know – Introduction to data citation requirements for grant holders
ICPSR (n.d.) Data Citations – Guidance material published by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research that describes one approach to data citation
Rans, Day, Duke and Ball (2013). Enabling the citation of datasets generated through public health research. Wellcome Trust report.
Software Carpentry – Provides video tutorials on database design, using scripting languages to analyse data, and other topics
The Open Knowledge Foundation’s Data Wrangling Handbook provides advice on saving data in open formats and making it available in an usable form.
OTHER REPORTS AND ARTICLES ON DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Ball, A. (2012). Review of Data Management Lifecycle Models. Bath, UK: University of Bath.
Ball, A. (2012). Tools for research data management. Research Report. Bath, UK: University of Bath
British Library (2012). Researchers of Tomorrow: the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students. British Library. London. June 2012 – Research study that found the majority of ‘Generation Y’ doctoral students share their research data and outputs only with their work colleagues. Materials that are associated with work in progress, such as laboratory or field notes, bookmarks to online resources and original data, are less likely than polished outputs to be shared at all by doctoral students. The data also indicated that older students were slightly less likely to share any kinds of research outputs
Darlington, M. and Ball, A. (2012) Infrastructure Supporting a Research Data Management Plan for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath. Project Report – Interesting report on data management infrastructure
Hammond, M. (2012). Preparing for Data-Intensive Infrastructure. JISC Observatory TechWatch Report –Report examining the role of digital data within the institution and the need to take a strategic approach to its management. Recommended reading for upper management who need to be convinced of the importance of data management
Interim Regulatory Partnership Group (2012). Redesigning the higher education data and information landscape – Report that emphasises the value of taking a coordinated approach to information management and encourages HE institutions to take the lead on establishing best practices and standards within their field
IT Center for Science (2011). Research Data: Guide for Policy Makers – Outline of national approach being taken by Finish Ministry of Education to ensure publicly-funded research is managed.
META Technology Council (2012). Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe 2012. Version 0.9 ( July 11, 2012)
Whyte, A & Tedds, J. (2011) Making the Case for Research Data Management – Briefing paper intended to help managers in research institutions build support for developing new services for research data management. It also gives a brief snapshot of the JISC-led programmes on Managing Research Data and Shared Services and the Cloud.
Miller, K. (2012). Five Steps to Research Data Readiness – Introductory guide that explores the tools and services available through the DCC and elsewhere to assist IT managers to begin identifying the RDM support they need
University of Bath (2012). Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research – Framework for assessing readiness for applying data-intensive research methods within distinct subject domains and communities of practice
Auckland, M. (2012). Re-skilling for Research: An investigation into the role and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers
RDM TAUGHT AND CPD MATERIAL
RDMRose – A JISC funded project to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professionals.
FUNDED/UNFUNDED RDM PROJECT SITES
Royal College of Physicians – Information Laboratory (iLab): Project that aims to apply methods of improving data quality within the NHS
JOURNALS THAT ENCOURAGE OPEN DATA
F1000 Research – Open Data, open peer review Journal
OPEN DATA INSTITUTIONS/ORGANISATIONS
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Research Data Management at the Centre for Digital Music – Selection criteria used to select a repository system for managing music data
Dryad Digital Repository – A repository of data archives that support peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Uses Dublin Core as its description form
eCrystals – ePrints-based repository containing an archive for Crystal Structures generated by the Southampton Chemical Crystallography Group and the EPSRC UK National Crystallography Service
Edinburgh DataShare – Data archive for Edinburgh University
ESRC Research Catalogue – Catalogue for ESRC funded research
Protein Information Management System (PIMS) – Interesting RDM system for hosting scanned lab books and other material. Also describes the requirements list for the site as well.
DIGITAL REPOSITORY SERVICES
Databib – a registry of Research Data Repositories
Data Catalogs – Catalogue of data catalogue services that may be updated by anyone
Research Data Australia – Discovery Service for Australian research data
DIGITAL REPOSITORY PROJECT
Open Access Repository Junction – A JISC project that is producing a deposit broker tool to enable multiple repository-deposit