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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.

Visit EventBrite to book your place

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

 

New lunchtime seminar series on research commercialisation

Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES) are running a programme of six short lunchtime workshops covering a range of topics relating to the commercialisation of University research. Each workshop will run for one hour, and the presenters will be on hand for 30 minutes at the end for anyone wishing to discuss individual projects. All sessions will start at 12:00.

The dates and topics being covered are shown in the programme below. To book your place on any or all the sessions email tony.sayer@open.ac.uk.

A light lunch will be provided, so why not come along for a bite to eat, learn how the University exploits its research outputs and take the opportunity to discuss a specific project.

Don’t worry if you are unable to attend any of the sessions, as they are planning to run the series again over April to June 2020.

20/11/19
Research IP Policy and IP Rights
• Key features of the University’s Research IP Policy
• All forms of IP Rights
• Methods of protecting IP
• The patenting process
• Patent registration vs early publication
• Costs of IP protection
• Due diligence

03/12/19
Entrepreneurship in the knowledge economy and open innovation
• Understanding the innovation ecosystem
• Elements of Knowledge Exploitation
• Overview of the knowledge transfer process

14/01/20
IP in the arts and creative industries
• Understanding copyright and software IP
• Routes to market for copyright and software commercialisation
• Commercialising know-how and design rights
• Software licensing and licences (inc. free and open source)
• Licensing rights and obligations

29/01/20
Working with Enterprise to maximise results
• Invention disclosure and IP evaluation
• Market assessment and opportunity valuation
• Exploitation planning

11/02/20
Marketing strategy
• Planning a marketing strategy for individual projects
• Developing marketing profiles that ‘speak to the customer’
• Targeting partners
• Platforms for promotion

25/02/20
Business Model Canvas
• Critical awareness of business models and how to create them
• Business Model Canvas and other business mapping methodologies
• Mapping customer needs, ‘pain points’ and gains

Open Access Week at The OU

Join us on October 23rd for a day of Open Access training and discussions, in celebration of International Open Access Week.

Perhaps you want to learn a bit more about Open Access Publishing, or the REF Open Access Policy. Chris Biggs from the Library Support Team will be on hand to give an overview of the Open Access landscape in his training session Getting to grips with Open Access Publishing from 10.30 – 12.00. You can sign up to join this training session via My Learning Centre.

Stick around for our lunchtime seminar (12.30 – 1.30pm) to hear Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg from Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES) present on the topic of open knowledge distribution and how this may (or may not) provide opportunities to enhance the capacity of the Global South and other areas to participate in the production, sharing and consumption of new knowledge.  As a backdrop to this discussion, she will refer to her involvement with the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) as well as her own research writing and publishing practices within the field of ethnomusicology.

This will be followed by a presentation from David Jenkins of the Research Support Team of results from a project he has been coordinating, investigating the possibility of The OU signing up to an external responsible metrics statement, such as the San Francisco declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Sign up to attend this lunchtime seminar in person or online via EventBrite.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UK Data Service announce 2019 webinar series

The UK Data Service has just published the dates of its free online training sessions for 2019 for developing skills in data use.

The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and provides access to a collection of high quality social and economic data, including UK census data, international business data, cross-national surveys, and longitudinal studies; as well as providing guidance and training for the development of skills in data use.

These introductory webinars are aimed at anyone interested in using the data collections in their research or teaching. The hour-long sessions will walk you through the range of datasets available from the UK Data Service and demonstrate how to gain access to them, as well as exploring some of the key issues you might encounter when using these various data types.

Two particularly useful sessions for researchers looking to engage with any of their data collections centre on Data Management Basics, which explores how to manage, document, store and safeguard research data with a view to optimising data sharing, and Key issues in re-using data, which highlights some of the main issues associated with secondary analysis.

Why not have a look at the range of sessions available now and sign up?

New Podcast – Copyright and your Thesis

You may remember earlier in the year that we created some guidance for Postgraduate Researchers for including third-party copyright works in their thesis. You can now find out more in our new copyright podcast which covers the basics of copyright: what it is, what works it protects, and why and how to seek permission to include copyrighted materials in your thesis.

Between the online guide and the new podcast, we’re confident you’ll get to grips with copyright in no time!

Still got questions? We’re always happy to help. Contact us at: library-research-support@open.ac.uk

 

 

 

Copyright and your thesis: new guidance for conquering copyright confusion

We are pleased to announce the release of a new guidance document entitled ‘copyright and your thesis’ (OU log-in required), designed to help postgraduate research students understand their copyright responsibilities during thesis production.

Copyright law can be confusing, but for anyone wanting to use third-party material in their thesis, it’s really important to get to grips with.

The Open University has been making postgraduate research theses publicly available online since 2010, via the Open University’s repository Open Research Online (ORO) as well as via the British Library EThOS service.

Along with a whole host of benefits, this online publication has created a new set of copyright responsibilities, making it particularly important for students to understand their obligations when it comes to using other people’s work in their thesis.

This practical guide helps users understand why, when, and how to obtain copyright permission, and what do if permission is not given.

We’ve done all the hard work for you and even included some handy templates for seeking permission from the copyright holder, so it couldn’t be simpler!