A year in the life of an RDM Service: Dissemination activities in 2015

For my second blog post on RDM activities, I’ll outline the training sessions, workshops and other outputs produced in 2015. 

Take a look at part one for details of RDM support requests.


LSHTM events:

We held, or made a significant contribution to 9 events during 2015:

  • 90 minute seminar on licences for publications and data – lecture and live stream
  • Half day workshop on Research Data Services on June 30th
  • Launch event for LSHTM Data Compass held on July 9th, with presentation by Professor Anne Mills, Professor David Leon and Gareth Knight
  • 1 hour ‘Data Sharing for beginners’ session organised as part of LSHTM Symposium week for overseas staff visiting London
  • 3 hour ‘Data Management Planning’ session for LSHTM’s Symposium week
  • Half-day workshop on ‘Enhancing data capture in health research using digital technology’ on November 20th – recordings to be published shortly
  • RDM Service contributed to the LSHTM Archives ‘Exchange of Experience on Research Data Management and Archives’ event
  • Held 2 hour OA/RDM drop-in session during July
  • RDM stand as part of LSHTM Library & Archives Fair during Symposium week

RDM Training modules for students:

We offered two training modules through the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills network/LSHTM Transferrable Skills Programme during 2015. These sessions are allocated 3 hours in the timetable, though I tend to offer the option to have a half-time break or finish slightly earlier:

  • 1 x Data Management in the Social Sciences (formerly titled an Introduction to Data Management)
  • 2 x Writing a Data Management Plan for your research project

In addition, two RDM events were organised at the request of students on other training modules:

  • Introduction to Data Management & DM Plans
  • Data management planning for EPSRC funded students

RDM training modules for staff

Staff training is offered through LSHTM’s Talent and Education Development programme (TED to its friends). Attendance for these sessions are generally low, usually 3-6 people in total, since most staff prefer one-to-one advice. However, it does attract interest from new staff members:

  • 1 x Producing Data Management Plans for research Funders

Events at other locations:

  • Poster presentation at Repository Fringe event in Edinburgh – Received ‘Highly Commended Poster’ award
  • 1 hour invited talk on data sharing at the Global Health Data Management / ADMIT Network Conference at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Presented invited paper on metadata standards at Chatham House’s “Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: Optimizing Technical Standards” round-table
  • Gave invited talk for M25 Conference 2015 in April.
  • Gave invited talk on preserving scientific & humanities data at the Digital Preservation Coalition ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation’ workshop.

In addition, we gave presentations at various department meetings and contributed to external events, such as the London Area Research Data group (go LARD!).

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