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Update from the University of Glasgow

Hello All,

A warts and all update of recent activity here:

The All….

  • RCUK issued updated guidance on open access and our internal processes and guidance have been revised including a reminder that ‘Papers should also include a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed.’   More details on our web pages: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/openaccess/howdoimakemypublicationsopenaccess/  With much excitement we have added a more definitive check of whether datasets were produced as part of the research into our open access process for publications.  The first paper we received notification of acceptance of under the new guidance noted the author had  re-used a data set held by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.  It will be interesting to see how we get on with ensuring datasets are referenced and ensuring we get basic metadata for these so we can re-use it – for various purposes – including returns to RCUK.
  • Support requirements gathering is on-going.  My colleague is sitting next door right now interviewing a researcher.
  • Last week we had a stall at the annual University of Glasgow Research Staff Conference. There were about 120 attendees mostly post doctoral researchers, some new lecturers, and PhD students.  We chatted to many of them and gave advice on a range of things including how to access research materials in the archives, how to register publications with Enlighten, and how to get help with a data management plan.  Our VP for Research & Enteprise Steve Beaumont gave a clear summary of the open access environment and what the University is doing to support researchers in this area.  Many pens were seen jotting down the email address research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk to which all enquiries about open access in the wider sense are invited.
  • Joy Davidson (Digital Curation Centre) and I popped in to ‘Navigating a complex landscape (research careers)’ led by Dr Gwyn Gould.  The session dealt with collaborative working and there was a lot of focus on data management requirements.  There was a workshop element and Joy and I got asked to put ourselves in the shoes of the aforementioned VP for Research & Enterprise and say what we would do to assist staff with collaborative working.  We didn’t let on that Steve had actually tasked us with this…..cat’s out of the bag now……
  • Yesterday I listened in to an AIIM webinar entitled ‘Time to Raise the Red Flag on Information Governance?’ wearing my FoI Coordinator and data management hats.    There were some interesting statistics on consequences of non destruction of electronic records due to difficulty of locating all copies and an observation that a significant chunk of organisations are continuing to buy more storage as a short-term solution to data storage requriements.
  • Representatives of Glasgow School of Art team who are looking at management of research outputs came to visit us to see what Glasgow are doing and we talked about a wide range of issues including storage of images and more unsual forms of data.

The warts?

    • Our server went down so the registry was unavailable for a few days.  Well technically it is not ‘the’ data resgistry server as we are using space on a server in our College of Arts as a favour.  We hope to be able to move to more robust server perhaps as part of the project extension.
    • Sorting out finances for the extension is a bit messy and time consuming. I suppose we should have foreseen a lag as  some time is required to confirm the final status at the original end date (31/03/13) and transfer funds before any of the transferred funds can be used.  Hopefully tied up soon.  I’ve drafted a more detailed plan of activities for the extension – which may run to around July and will be sending this off to Jisc for advice shortly.

To end on a cheery note – I’ve found the support from the programme manager constructive and clear and feel we can approach him with any concerns and have an open discussion.

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