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.

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 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.