Four Golden Rules of Data Management: Rule 3 – Migrate formats

The third video in our series on Four Golden Rules of Data Management recounts the story of the BBC’s ill-fated Domesday project in order to demonstrate the importance of migrating formats for preservation.

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FREE UKSG webinar – Research integrity 2020: New challenges for a new decade

April 27 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00

This webinar will give an overview of what research integrity is, why it’s important and new challenges faced by publishers to maintain research integrity in a fast-changing industry. The webinar will focus on the importance of collaborative solutions to these challenges and will be of interest to researchers, institutions, editors, publishers, librarians and anyone else involved on the conduct, oversight and dissemination of scholarly research.

Speaker Jigisha Patel, Research Integrity Consultant

 Sign up and contact info: https://www.uksg.org/event/free-uksg-webinar-research-integrity-2020-new-challenges-new-decade

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Four Golden Rules of Data Management: Rule 2 – back up

The second in our series of videos on Four Golden Rules of Data Management looks at the story of the Royal Oak 80 Survey, which teaches us a lesson on the importance of backing up research data.

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Four Golden Rules of Data Management

To celebrate Love Data Week (10-14 February 2020), we are launching a series of videos titled “Four Golden Rules of Data Management”. These short videos look at examples of data management gone wrong which have hit the headlines and make recommendations for how these disasters could have been avoided.

In the first video, we look at the problems encountered by the Venice Time Machine project, and the importance of writing a data management plan.

Stay tuned for more videos in the series!

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New Training for the New Year 2020!

New Year'S Eve, Fireworks, Beacon, Rocket, Light

Something there for everyone, we hope!

All will be recorded, so if you can’t make it along in person or online at the time, you can catch up later at your leisure (using the ‘View previous recordings’ link at the top of  our Adobe Connect page.

If you have any question, please get in touch at  library-research-support@open.ac.uk

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Data Without Borders

Our new lunchtime Data Seminar series continues later this month with Data Without Borders, Thursday 30th January, 12.30 – 13.30.

We have three researchers with a breadth of experience in managing data in collaborative environments, both cross-institutionally and internationally, who will draw upon their own experiences to offer an engaging insight into the challenges collaborative projects can create for managing research data, and how they overcame them.

There will be plenty of advice for those of you who are currently engaged with or thinking about embarking on a collaborative research project, so please do join us! Feel free to bring your lunch, and as always we’ll provide some sweet treats too.

We’re pleased to announce the programme:

John Oates (WELS)

Drawing on his wealth of experience working with vulnerable research participants, John will discuss the ethics of working with research data, particularly in a collaborative environment.

Olga Jurasz (FBL)

Olga will talk about her experiences working cross-institutionally, both within the UK and internationally and the challenges this has produced.

Craig Walker (FASS)

Craig’s talk will focus on a project looking at building peace between vulnerable and marginalised groups in conflict, and the issues involved in working in sensitive environments.

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Open Research Online (ORO) – A Well-Connected Repository?

ORO Connected Repository showing how ORO connects to internal and external systems to provide improved services.

ORO Connected Repository (JPEG file)

ORO (or any institutional repository) can sometime feel like a cottage industry – a lot of work going on at a local level for small gains. However, institutional repositories are increasingly embedded in the wider scholarly communications framework. So, not only are they performing vital services and integrations in their immediate locality, they are also connecting with external services to make an impact at national and international scale.

The local – ORO is connected to other institutional systems to support university services:

  • REF – ORO provides a key role to collect publications data and provide a route to Open Access required by the REF Policy.
  • Research Publications Showcase – publications data from ORO feeds individual people profile pages, faculty or departmental webpages, postgraduate prospectuses as well as performing its primary role as a platform for Open Access research publications.
  • eThesis – all PhD level theses are submitted electronically to ORO reducing the burden of printing and increasing the dissemination of our research by PGRs.
  • Student Projects – exemplar research projects at third level and Masters level in FASS are showcased in ORO for prospective students.

The national and international – ORO supports the scholarly communication infrastructure

  • Web Indexing – ORO is indexed by Google and Google Scholar which supports the dissemination of OU research publications on a global scale
  • ORCID – ORCID IDs are stored in ORO and connected to the central ORCID hub.
  • eThesis – ORO is also indexed by EThOS providing the British Library with current metadata of our theses and full text of PhD level theses.
  • IRUS – ORO is connected to the UK infrastructure of Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS) to provide COUNTER compliant metrics.
  • Open Access Infrastructure – Open Access publications in ORO are indexed by Open Access Discovery Services (e.g. CORE; unpaywall; Open Access Button).

And under the bonnet – ORO is connected to external services to improve how it works

  • Jisc Publications Router – to auto-populate metadata and full text from publishers and aggregators
  • CORE Recommender – to identify useful papers for the reader & CORE Discovery – to find full text if it is not held in ORO
  • Dimensions and Altmetric – to provide citation and altmetric information for publications archived in ORO
  • CrossREF – to aid data entry and RIOXX2 – to aid data interchange

So far in 2019 our well-connected ORO has seen 692,447 downloads of open access publications (as counted by IRUS) and 649,624 users (as counted by Google Analytics).

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Data Triumphs and Disasters!

We’re so excited about our first Data Seminar, taking place next Thursday 14th November, 12.30-13.30.

We’ve got a great line-up from the Library, RES and FASS telling real-life stories of how data management has gone wrong and right. You’re welcome to bring your lunch along and we’ll provide some sweet treats too.

We’re pleased to announce the programme:

12.30: 4 Golden Rules of Data Management – Maxine Borton and Isabel Chadwick (Library)

Maxine and Isabel will use examples of data management gone wrong which have hit the headlines to deliver 4 golden rules to help you avoid data loss.

12.45 I am a Humanist, get me out of here! – Francesca Benatti (FASS)

Reflecting on her experiences as a PhD student, Francesca will give a personal take on how she’s learned to manage her research data effectively.

13.00 Technologies, Data Management and Specialist Archives – Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg (RES)

Muriel will talk about her experiences of depositing her audiovisual data in a specialist data archive, and give tips on how to avoid making the mistakes she unfortunately encountered.

13.15 Questions and discussion

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Research Data Seminar: Data Triumphs and Disasters

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Learn more about Open Research (and get a free lunch!)

1-4pm Wednesday 6th November (with lunch from 1-1:30pm)

Library Presentation Room

Join us for lunch followed by a brief foray into open research practices and approaches! If you are interested in making your research more visible, increasing impact, enabling collaboration, making the research process more transparent or sharing your work so others can reuse it… then this is the workshop for you. We’ll be looking at what ‘being more open’ in research means, discussing examples and considering what some of the benefits and challenges are.

This workshop will:

  • Look at different stages of the research process and what being ‘open’ means within these contexts;
  • Provide practical advice and suggestions;
  • Discuss the challenges and benefits of being more open research;
  • Give you an exciting range of next steps to continue your open research journey

The workshop will end with a presentation on responsible research and innovation and how this fits with open research.

Lunch and refreshments are kindly being sponsored by the EU-funded project Fostering Improved Training Tools for Responsible Research and Innovation (FIT4RR). Lunch will be from 1-1:30pm and the workshop will begin at 1:30pm.

RDF Categories (PGRS/Researchers) UKPSF/ Applaud (Academic Staff)

Research Development Framework (RDF) references: Domain D1, 2 & 3

About the facilitators

This workshop will be facilitated by Beck Pitt from the Open Education Research (OER) Hub team, Nicola Dowson from the Library Research Support team and Nancy Pontika from the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) who is part of the EU-funded project Fostering Improved Training Tools for Responsible Research and Innovation (FIT4RR)

Booking Procedure

To register, please sign up directly through My Learning Centre (scroll down to ‘Event dates’) https://thelearningcentre.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=3614.  Please indicate in the notes field if you require lunch and have any special dietary requirements.

Contact Details

If you need more information please contact the Library Research Support Team by emailing: library-research-support@open.ac.uk.

Joining instructions

You can attend this training in person or online.

For online attendance, simply go to https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=18666  a few minutes before the start of the session and click “Join Room”.

Cancellation Procedure

If you are unable to attend, please cancel directly through My Learning Centre, giving at least 2 full working days notice

 

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