The UK Data Service specialises in the management and archiving of research data in the social sciences. They are running a comprehensive series of free online training over the coming months which may be of interest to readers of this blog.
Are you planning to use social media data for your research? If so, a recent talk by Ben Wills-Eve at Lancaster Data Conversations may interest you. Entitled ‘Social Media Data Management for Digital Humanities,’ Ben takes you through some of things you should have on your radar when using data from social media platforms like Twitter. Ethical use of data, adhering to data usage policies, copyright, data processing, access to data via APIs (application programming interfaces), data storage, coding/programming, are some of the areas Ben talked about. Before using data from Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media sites it is essential that you read and understand their policies first.
The world as we know it has changed, and it seems unlikely that we will be returning to what we previously considered “normal” for some time.
While you’re working from home during this period you might feel as though conducting your research is harder, or even impossible. However, you now plenty of time to get on top of managing your research data! Here are some top tips from the Library Research Support Team:
Why not use this time away from the lab or field to tidy up any data you’ve already collected/created? Check out our pages on organising your files for advice.
The final video in our series on the Four Golden Rules of Data Management highlights the importance of using a trusted data repository through the story of an artist who used Facebook to archive his life’s work.
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.
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.
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.
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.