UKOLN Informatics Research Group Expertise in digital information management Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New UKOLN Informatics news site Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:33:16 +0000 Alex Ball On 1 August 2013, the Informatics Research Group of UKOLN became UKOLN Informatics. As a result, this site has been archived and will no longer be updated. Please visit the UKOLN Informatics news site for information about our more recent activities.

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Digital Curation Centre Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:30:58 +0000 Alex Ball Digital Curation Centre
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is the UK’s leading hub of expertise in curating digital research data. It works with researchers, data scientists, data librarians, senior academics and funding bodies to improve the capacity and capability for research data management both within the UK and further afield.


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University of Bath Data Management Plan template and guidance Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:41:57 +0000 Jez Cope One of our key tasks for the Research360 project was to produce an institutional template for data management plans (DMPs) at the University of Bath — an initial version of this is now complete and available to download, along with guidance on its completion.

We used an iterative method to develop these documents, going back and forth between members of the project team and a number of researchers to produce a template that is functional and fills the needs of researchers as well as the institution and our funders. Since most other UK funders already provide a template, we focused on the needs of our EPSRC-funded researchers, but drew heavily on the policies and templates of all the other RCUK funders, as well as the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan.

The template

The template itself is available in two versions: a blank version, and one with suggested possible answers. The latter was developed based on feedback from researchers (who wanted a simple way to get started on a DMP) and could potentially be used in a multiple-choice fashion to quickly draft a DMP which covers the full range of issues.

We suggest a two-stage process to developing a data management plan using the institutional template:

  1. Pre-award: when applying for funding, use the multiple-choice template to quickly produce a basic DMP and identify resources which may need to be included in the project budget;
  2. Post-award: after funding has been granted, review the initial template and fill in further details as appropriate for the project in question — at this point issues should be referred to the relevant University support department (e.g. computer services) or third-party body (e.g. data archives).

This will ensure that all potential issues are surfaced at an early stage, while allowing the researchers to focus on the more important scientific aspects of the bid. By building up the DMP in several stages, each of which is itself only a small step, we hope to lower the barrier to entry for data management planning.

The guidance

The guidance document accompanying the template serves two purposes:

  1. To give advice on how each question should be answered; and
  2. To explain why each question is important.

Our intention is to help researchers make informed decisions about both what should go into their DMP and what they can leave out if it does not apply to them. We also intend this document to signpost specific infrastructure and support services that researchers may not be fully aware of. We have therefore taken care to highlight relevant University support services and policies for each question.

Future work

We have begun work on specialised versions of the template to fulfil particular sets of requirements, by narrowing down the questions asked and giving additional guidance where appropriate.

All of the funders we work with have slightly different requirements and emphases for data management plans, so by tailoring our own template to suit the needs of each funder (e.g. by being selective about the questions that are included), we hope to be able to maintain a single set of guidance which will apply to all funders.

We are also developing a version of the template to help researchers develop a standing research data policy for their research group or department. We hope to implement a mechanism to allow these local policies to be published on the web, so that each project DMP can focus on project-specific issues and simply refer to the standing policy anything more generic.

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Closing workshop poster: sustainability of project outputs Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:29:26 +0000 Jez Cope Our poster, “Research360: Sustainability of Project Outputs“, is now available to download from the University of Bath publication repository. This poster was presented at the JISCMRD programme’s final workshop in Birmingham on 25–26 March 2013.

The poster gives an overview of the major strands of work in the Research360 project (Roadmap & Business Case, RDM Policy & Policy Guidelines, RDM Website & Researcher Support, RDM Training Workshops). It describes the outcomes in each area, along with the continuing work which will support and further develop these outcomes going forward.

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IJDC successfully migrated Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:25:05 +0000 Alex Ball The International Journal of Digital Curation has successfully completed its migration to a new Web host. All existing links should work as before, so if you notice anything that appears to be broken, please let us know.

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IJDC moving Web host Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:00:40 +0000 Alex Ball The International Journal of Digital Curation is moving to a new Web host, so the site may become unavailable, or only partially available, for a short period. The transition is scheduled to take place around 16:00 UTC on 10 July 2013. The site should be considered ‘at risk’ after this time, and a further announcement will be be made once the site is up and running again in its new home. The Digital Curation Centre, which publishes the journal, wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Updated postgraduate data management planning guidance Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:04:06 +0000 Jez Cope Since our original post about data management planning for postgraduate researchers we’ve updated the template a couple of times. We’ve also created a guidance document to accompany it, which will help researchers develop a data management plan even if they haven’t been able to attend a face-to-face workshop.

We’ve started using the template as part of our main data management workshop for PGRs, and we’ve also had a group of Doctoral Training Centre students complete DMPs using it as well. Feedback from both groups has been very positive.

You can access both documents from our institutional repository:

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Developing joined up RDM infrastructure for institutions Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:33:11 +0000 Monica Duke This is a report on Session 4A at the read more

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Research Data Management and REF2014 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:44:55 +0000 Catherine Pink The Research360 project is pleased to announce the public release of its guidance document Research Data Management and REF2014, prepared by staff at the University of Bath and Charles Beagrie Ltd. It is being disseminated and shared with the research community in Bath and other universities.

Many universities are still in the process of enhancing and formalising strategies for research data management at this time, so this paper may contribute to planning for future assessment exercises beyond REF2014, as well as business cases for further development of strategies and procedures for research data in research-intensive universities.
With the results from the REF determining institutional quality-related (QR) funding allocations (just over £1.3 billion in 2012/13), the research element of QR funding is one of the key funding streams for research in UK universities. Support for future assessment exercises is therefore a potential element in any business case for research data management.

The Research Data Management and REF2014 document can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats from:

The REF guidance document follows on from the previous release of the summary stakeholder benefits analysis (based on the KRDS Benefits Framework) from the Research Data Management business case for the University of Bath. The stakeholder benefits analysis is also still available separately to download in PDF format from

The Research360 project is funded by Jisc and is developing the technical and human infrastructure for research data management at the University of Bath, as an exemplar research-intensive university.

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IASSIST, Research Journals and Data Linkages Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:58:12 +0000 Marieke Guy The future of data publication was a big topic at this year’s IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology) conference. The conference (the 39th to date) entitled Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability was hosted by GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and held in Cologne (Köln), Germany.

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