Category Archives: Research Data Management

UK Data Service Introductory Training Series 2021

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.

See below for these events in Spring 2021 and see the UK Data Service’s events pages for a full list of training events.

The workshops in the series will have a new practical element.

To book a place visit the UK Data Service events page or click on the links above.

Recordings of UK Data Service webinars can be found on the UKDS YouTube channel and slides can be found on the past events pages.

Thinking about social media data management…

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.

Attendees were signposted to some useful guidance, such as the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) documents on ethical internet research, and reference was made to an interesting paper on the challenges of using historical Twitter data, and deleted Tweets, ethically. The Programming Historian site may also be useful to explore. Not only are the tutorials free and Open Access, they could be just what you need to enhance digital skills you already have, or to learn new ones! The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter Data is an example of what they offer.

If you have any queries about your Data Management Plans, or want to find out more about the ethics of obtaining research data, please visit our Library Research Support website or get in touch with the team.

 

Managing your data during a pandemic

We’re all embracing our new co-workers

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:

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!

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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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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