Research Ethics in March and April

We’re pleased to announce a new theme on Research Ethics. The University’s Ethics Team will be presenting three brand new sessions, so please come along to learn about the ethics process, common considerations, and ask questions.

Ethical review at Lancaster University – an overview.

Tuesday 21st March, 12pm, Bowland North SR03. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
This overview will help researchers understand the university’s current ethics processes which were introduced last summer. It will also provide valuable advice about where to find materials and guidance for preparing ethics applications.
Lancaster University Research Ethics Team

Ethical collection of research data; if it’s out there can I use it?

Tuesday 4th April, 12pm, Bowland North SR03. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
This session will consider the ethical implications of a variety of data collection methods.
Lancaster University Research Ethics Team

Ethical review at Lancaster University – an overview.

Tuesday 25th April, 12pm, Bowland North SR03. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
In this session we will look at a variety of common themes within ethics applications and frequently asked questions.
Lancaster University Research Ethics Team

As always, just turn, no need to book.

Correction: Where can I publish my research data?

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the date for this session didn’t quite add up. Here’s what we meant to say:

Where can I publish my research data?

Wednesday 1st February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Look at the key considerations about which services you can trust with your research data. We will also demo two major cross-subject data repositories: Figshare and Zenodo.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager

Hope to see you there.

Open Research in February

Research Bites in February is about Open Research. Come along to a session to learn about where to publish your open research data, how to make your publications open access, and some of the practicalities of the Open Research agenda: using Pure to record your research outputs; and using ResearchFish for RCUK-funded researchers.

February’s programme

Where can I publish my research data?
Wednesday 1st February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Look at the key considerations about which services you can trust with your research data. We will also demo two major cross-subject data repositories: Figshare and Zenodo.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager

ResearchFish for researchers
Monday 6th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
This session is aimed at explaining the purpose behind the ResearchFish submission, who must submit and get a quick demo of the system or ask any questions you might currently have.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

ResearchFish for funded students
Monday 13th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Don’t know what the pesky emails are all about? Come along and learn what ResearchFish for funded PG students are all about, and why making a submission can make a difference.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

What is Pure and why should I use it?
Friday 17th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Get an overview of Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

How can I make my research open access?
Monday 20th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn about different open access options, including adding your research outputs to Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, RCSO & Louise Tripp, Open Access Manager, Library.

Live streaming

We are still trialling live streaming and trying to get the service right, so apologies to anyone who has had issues connecting. Please leave feedback on December’s sessions on this survey.

Live stream links are now behind a University log in page to make them more secure.

Feedback

If you have any other feedback or ideas about Research Bites topics, the live streaming, or the presentations, please email us at academicliaison[at]lancaster.ac.uk.

Research bites: an introduction to Digital Preservation

On Thursday 12th January I gave a Research Bites session on Digital Preservation. I’ve talked about this topic before and the advice I gave was the same – you can read about it here.  These are the slides I used:

which contains the basics of our approach and advice for researchers to ensure their research is preserved for the long term.

If we are going to value data we need to give it value.

Over the past twelve months I have slightly changed the emphasis of my approach to digital preservation. The secret to successful digital preservation is not about seeking a technical solution – it’s about good practice from the outset. If we are going to value data we need to give it value.  The process of preservation is one of collaboration to achieve the goal of long term access.

This means we should take the time to create useful and rich metadata; which gives context and meaning to the data. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated our technology is, if the data doesn’t make sense, or can’t be interpreted then there isn’t any point in keeping it.

It’s not just a requirement it’s also an opportunity.

Ultimately  the researcher is the one who is best placed to decide what data is of value and how best to keep it usable and accessible. This means preserving not just the raw data but the context as well. It’s not just a requirement it’s also an opportunity to highlight and promote excellent research undertaken by the university.

If you want to know more about managing your research data and making it available, now and into the future please get in touch rdm@lancaster.ac.uk or look at our website for more.

 

Lancaster Data Conversations

Research Bites readers may be interested in Lancaster Data Conversations which is happening on Monday 30th January 2017.

Sharing Data – Benefits and Boundaries

This 2 hour Data Conversations event will involve a mixture of short presentations from Lancaster researchers with the opportunity for discussion. The aim is to bring data practitioners together to discuss the successes and challenges of sharing research data.

Does your research produce data? Do you share your data with others in the field or beyond?

Come and share your data stories with us – what works, what doesn’t work. The successes you’ve had with sharing data as well as the things which stood in the way of sharing.

There are also major challenges which come alongside opening up and sharing data and the Lancaster Data Conversations are about bringing data practitioners together to discuss these challenges.

Please register for this free event either as a speaker or as a participant.

Experienced researchers, early career researchers and data practitioners from all disciplines are invited to join the conversation.

You’ll no doubt be pleased to hear there will be free cake and coffee, too!

Join in on Twitter #ludatacon

Research Bites in January 2017: Research data and infrastructure

Research Bites starts the New Year on the theme of Research data and Infrastructure.

Just turn up, no need to book! Tea/coffee and a cake provided.

Selecting data for long term preservation

Thursday 12th January, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
An introduction to Digital Preservation: How to keep data safe and accessible for the long term.
Rachel MacGregor, Digital Archivist, Library

Data Management Plans made easy

Monday 16th January, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
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

Using Qualtrics to gather survey data

Thursday 19th January, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Find out about this versatile, powerful and user-friendly survey tool for gathering research data.
Chris Dixon, Head of Service Delivery & Operations, ISS

How to mine and store bitcoins for free! Big data and high-end computing

Monday 23rd January, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
An Introductory talk on what Lancaster University can offer for those tasks that need massive computing power, including High End Computing (HEC), bespoke research compute resources and big data analysis.
Matt Storey, Technical Co-ordinator, ISS

February 2017

February’s theme will be Open Research.

Research costings and justifications

Many thanks to Andrew Wilkinson, Phil Lewis and Verity Williams for delivering two very informative sessions in December.

Research finance – costs to consider in your proposal

The recording of this session is now available on the Recordings Archive. You can also download the slides.

Unfortunately the questions were not audible on the recording. If you have questions about costings, please contact a member of the Pre-Award Team in Research Services for support.

How to write a good justification of resources (JoR)

Thankfully the questions sound quality was better during this session. The recording of this session is now available and questions are audible from 23 minutes 42. You can also download the slides.

Questions arose on the topics of :

  • Justifying funding of PhD students
  • Justifying working with professors and specialists
  • The different wording of the JoR and Pathways to Impact statements
  • Justifying large equipment
  • Costing
  • Justifying small equipment e.g. laptops
  • Justifying networking events

Next sessions

Research contracts – an introduction

Thursday 15th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR 2. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
An opportunity to learn more about research contracts: what are they, why are they important, when are they necessary and what support can I expect?
Julia Krier, Senior Contracts Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

ACP basics and approving your research costing

Monday 19th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Gina Ramsden, Research Development Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

See you there!