‘Research Data’ recordings now available from January 2016

Thanks to all of the presenters and participants who have contributed their expertise and questions to Research Bites sessions so far in 2016!

Recordings of most of the sessions on Research data in January are now available from the Recordings archive here on the blog.

If you have questions about:

  • Managing your research data
  • Preserving your data
  • Data management plans
  • Depositing research data into Pure
  • Sharing data online
  • Research Data Management policies of funders or the University

please contact Hardy Schwamm and Rachel MacGregor at rdm@lancaster.ac.uk

If you have questions about:

  • Data encryption
  • Information Security
  • Lancaster University Box (cloud storage)

please contact ISS Help and Support


Research Bites in January 2016

Many thanks to everyone who has attended one or more Research Bites sessions this academic year so far. I hope you have gained valuable insights and made new connections.

Research Bites will be back in January, on the theme of Research Data.

DMPOnline – Data Management Plans made easy
Friday 15th January, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Get an introduction to the DMPonline system, and some useful tips that will make the writing of a Data Management Plan easier.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library

Digital Preservation for Research Data
Wednesday 20th January*, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Tips on preparing and selecting your research data for long term preservation.
Rachel MacGregor, Digital Archivist, Library

Research data storage, sharing and collaboration using Box
Friday 22nd January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 3
This session will demonstrate how to use Lancaster University Box, a cloud based file storage solution provided by ISS, to share files within the university and with external collaborators, and highlight other features and resources you to take your research file sharing to a new level.
Chris Dixon, Head of Service Delivery & Operations, ISS

Research Data security and encryption
Monday 25th January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 3
Description to follow.
Graeme Hughes, Head of Faculty IT, and John Couzins, IT Security Manager, ISS

Your researcher identity – ORCID
Tuesday 26th January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 11
Find out what ORCID is, and how it can help you to capture and distinguish your research outputs.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Wishing you a restful holiday, and a Happy New Year!

Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian

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Tools for sharing your research data

Many thanks to Hardy Schwamm, Research Data Manager from the Library, for his informative session on Figshare and Zenodo. These are both Open Repositories for sharing research data and other research outputs, such as images, software or slides.

Panopto_Logo The recording will be available soon.

Hardy has provided this follow up from a question during the session:

How does Figshare handle different versions of the same document? Does each version get a different DOI? This is probably easiest to demonstrate with an example. Here is a document that John Lewis at the University of Sheffield has published, discussing their RDM infrastructure options:

Lewis, John (2014): Research Data Management Technical Infrastructure: A Review of Options for Development at the University of Sheffield. figsharehttp://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1202230 Retrieved 09:44, Feb 13, 2015 (GMT)

He has updated this document multiple times after several people commented on this document and suggested updates and omissions.

When you visit the DOI, you are offered the most recent version, but at the bottom end of the record there are links to all of the previous versions, and each has a datestamp.

If you click through to any of the earlier versions, there is a banner above the preview highlighting that there is a more recent version of the file. Clicking on that link will take you to the latest version. Again, at the bottom of the record for the order version, there are links to any earlier versions.

Note that the DOI is the same for all versions, so in effect the DOI is for the set of versions of the file. This seems to be DataCite’s preference at present for versioned files.

We got in touch with Figshare and they commented that they would prefer for the versioning to be explicit in the DOI (e.g. 10.6084/m9.figshare.1202230.v9) but the debate around DOIs and versioning continues in the data repository world.

Your identity as a researcher – ORCID

Thanks to everyone who come along to this session last Friday on how registering for an ORCID ID can help with the problem of name ambiguity for researchers, and its potential uses in glueing together your research identity, funding, outputs and impact.

You can view the slides here:

Please feel free to add your own questions or perspective on ORCID to this post.