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.

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.

 

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.

In November: Information seeking and management

Research Bites is back in November on the theme of Information seeking and management. These short, informal lunchtime sessions aim to deliver useful, practical information to researchers, and give you the chance to ask questions. More about Research Bites.

New live webcast

There is no need to register, just turn up. If you are not based in Lancaster, you can now watch a live stream of the session at 12.00 GMT by following the links below. Sessions will also be recorded and made available via the Recordings archive.

Top 5 time-saving tips for OneSearch

Wednesday 9th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR15. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Get better at literature searching

Wednesday 16th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to tackle the most common literature searching problems.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature

Friday 18th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to save searches, quickly analyse and download full-text results and take advantage of current awareness features including alerts.
Caroline Gibson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scholarly publishing and open access: things to consider

Monday 21st November, 12pm, Bowland North SR9. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Get an introduction to the benefits of open access publishing, and learn about the available funding.
Louise Tripp, Academic Liaison Librarian and Open Access Manager, Library

Research data management: things to consider

Thursday 24th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn about the best practice when it comes to managing your research data.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library.

As always, tea and coffee and something sweet will be provided.

‘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

February’s Research Bites: Open Research at Lancaster

First of all, apologies for the slightly delayed release of February’s programme! Hope you can make it to some or all of these practical sessions on making Open Research happen at Lancaster University.

As always, anyone who is involved in conducting or supporting research at Lancaster University is welcome. Just turn up, no need to book.

We try to record all sessions using Panopto, and make the recordings available in the recordings archive.

Tea and coffee and a piece of cake is provided!

What you need to know about Open Access
Tuesday 2nd February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
Learn why Open Access is important, and how the Library can help you through it.
Louise Tripp, Open Access Manager, Library

Where can I publish my open research data?
Thursday 4th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
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, Library

What is Pure, and why should I use it?
Tuesday 9th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Get an overview of Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Updating your Pure Profile and other content
Friday 19th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
A short demo about how to manage your profile on the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Adding Open Access Publications to Pure
Monday 22nd February, 12.0, Bowland North SR 5
Improve access to your research by learning how to add your open access research outputs to Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

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Research bites: digital preservation for research data

This is a Research Bites session I delivered on Wednesday 20th January 2016.  You can see the slides here:

What is digital preservation?

Back-up is not the same as preservation: “archiving” data generally means backing it up.  Preservation implies that things will be accessible and readable long-term – not corrupted or hidden by out of date formats.

The integrity of data needs to be maintained – even slight alterations could have enormous implications for re-use and verification of data.

Fragility of data storage

Even the most trusted repositories can have funding withdrawn from them and become inaccessible.  See these examples from the past few years:

Tranche Repository

Arts and Humanities Data Service

Jorum

Some questions you need to ask yourself

Where is the data going to be kept?

How is the data going to be shared and accessed?

How long does it need to be kept for?

How will the costs be covered?

Some other considerations

Ethical considerations:  ensuring that the quality and reliability of the data is maintained as well as the integrity of the data itself.

If the data contains sensitive information it needs to be kept confidential/anonymous – again these are considerations around where and how it is kept.

If the data gathered as part of a research proposal were created by a third party is it certain to be in copyright to the researcher?

Where public money is invested into research it is important that outcomes and data are shared and made available as widely as possible and can help raise research profiles.

How long do we need to keep data for?

It does vary by Research Council and funder but they all acknowledge “long term value” of research data.

Some funders require data to be kept for 10 years from last access.

You can help

What we need from you focuses on the information or metadata which supports the research data. Without context then the data are virtually useless.

Choosing file formats is important.

And we’re here to help you

Our role is to ensure compliance with all the relevant funder requirements and the right systems to ensure that authenticity, integrity and stability of data.

We offer advice and guidance on all aspects of research data management.

We can advise over choosing a suitable repository to suit your area and specific needs.

We advise about appropriate formats and also about the right kind of metadata which is needed

We can also help advise about selection of data.

What to data to keep

This is always a difficult one but RCUK do offer some tips

RCUK’s data policy says data with “acknowledged long term value” should be retained. So what is “acknowledged long term value?

Will the data underpin an article submitted to a journal that has a policy requiring it to be available?

Will data produced through RCUK funding underpin a published research output?

If so then the data needs to be preserved.

Generally it will be the data which makes sense of and supports the published article.

And finally

No one case is the same as another.

We’re here to offer advice and guidance.

Our aim is to support you in creating and maintaining valuable research outcomes, complying with funder expectations and ensuring as much access to research data as possible.

Get in touch if you need further help.

Rachel MacGregor, Digital Archivist