Many thanks to everyone who attended the workshops in Glasgow and London and contributed to the lively exchange. It was great to see so many colleagues travelling from near and far to take part and share their experiences.
A summary of the feedback from those who returned a form can be viewed here:
Overall feedback was very positive. In fact I noticed that the most negative comments came from the project team members ourselves!
An informal ammalgamated summary of the discussion notes is available now:
The key issues raised included:
1) Clarifying the specification for research data management
2) Getting Senior Management committment
3) Setting up suitable systems and processes
4) Getting staff to engage with Research Data Management
5) Quantifying costs and getting budget
6) Integration of services across organisational boundaries
As well as including key points in our final report to Jisc we will be following up on some of these issues e.g. for item 1 we will speak to ARMA about co-ordinating work on clarifying data management requirements. More blog posts may result and there may be email requests and updates to workshop attendees.
UK Data Archive This team provide lots of freely available training & other resources
If we have any comments on the report, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the comment button below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other ideas or comments not covered at the workshop are most welcome and will be considered for the project manager’s final report which I plan to post on this blog by the end of September.
Anna and I are both away on holiday next week but I will follow up on any comments or feedback on my return week commencing 12th August.
Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to make the workshops a success.
As with the other two project Sunderland is involved in, C4D will be presented at EuroCRIS 2012 in Prague. C4D will be represented by both a paper and a poster.
The final draft of both the paper and the poster can be accessed below.
The C4D project held its first quarterly project meeting (after the kick-off) at the University of Glasgow on 29th February 2012. The meeting was a joint consortium meeting with the IRIOS-2 project. We posed on the steps outside at lunchtime for a group photo.
L to R: Kevin Ginty, Ryan Henderson, Anna Clements, Katie Nurowski, Scott Brander, Valerie McCutcheon, Martin Finlayson, David McElroy
Using the benefits analysis toolkit from Charles Beagrie, we spent the morning session at Nottingham identifying key benefits and metrics for C4D.
We had to choose three key benefits (from quite a large list) for the research community which we agreed were as follows:-
- Integrated thinking around research data management
- Enhanced finding and organising of data
- Greater consistency and standards between projects to enable data re-use
These benefits can be assessed using the following metrics:-
Enhanced finding and organising of data:-
- number of research dataset publications generated
- increased visibility of research through data citation
- number of data deposits within repository
- number of downloads of datasets from repository
- number of citations to datasets in research articles
Integrated thinking around research data management:-
- Average time saved in research data management and grant proposal activities
- Results of user feedback forms
Greater consistency and standards between projects to enable data re-use
- Number of datasets deposited with enhanced metadata
Some of the metrics are more difficult to measure than others, and that will be one of the challenges for C4D.