Research Data and the Role of University Libraries John Murtagh, Research Data Management Officer, Library and Learning Services London Information & Knowledge Exchange 25 April 2013
Outline 1. Context at UEL 2. Why librarians, and the skills gap 3. Learning resource “supportDM” 4. Setting up an RDM support service
Lovely Acronyms • RDM = Research Data Management • Jisc = Joint Information Services Committee • EPSRC = Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council • RCUK = umbrella organisation of Research Councils UK • DCC – Digital Curation Centre
UEL and data management • Identified RDM as issue in 2009 following ‘Keeping Research Data Safe’ Report • Responded to EPSRC letter by drafting a policy - adopted March 2012 • Bespoke support under DCC’s Institutional Engagement programme
Why are Universities involved? • Public pressure - E.g. The British Medical Journal’s open data campaign to achieve independent scrutiny of data from clinical trials • Researchers themselves – research integrity for prevention/detection of fraud in research (replicable results of data) • Universities (obligations to research record and assets) Research Data Policies – Edinburgh to Oxford to UEL
Why are Universities involved? • IT Services – face increasing demands for storage and support and cloud storage for large research data sets • Research Offices need to ensure compliance with Funder grants, monitor DMPs and as guarantors for funding e.g. EPSRC • Libraries’ natural role of knowledge exchange and information expertise.
Why are libraries involved? • Academics need help • Libraries have sought involvement • Libraries have permanence, infrastructure and staff • Librarians have relevant skills • Will also involve IT, Research Offices etc.
What will/might librarians do? • Help with data management plans • Data repositories, and help in transferring to data archives • Quality metadata • Appraisal of datasets – what to keep? • Training and guidance
Why are libraries leading RDM? • Most of the Jisc RDM projects are library-led – not al , and often working in conjunction with IT and/or Research Office • Close to researchers as library users • Data are a form of information – librarians manage information • Libraries are trusted partners (impartial) &we committed to long-term scientific/scholarly endeavour
What is the TraD project? • Embedding good RDM practice at UEL – Training doctoral students in Psychology – Training MSc taught students in Geo- informatics – Generic workshop in Graduate School – Training course for liaison librarians • Create, deliver and evaluate materials • Seek to adopt in curricula and training programmes
Sheila Corrall, Univ. of Pittsburgh “Powerful synergies exist between the longstanding library commitment to open access and the philosophy of open science, between the principles underpinning library collection management and emerging protocols for curating digital data, between the track record of libraries in technology adoption and systems development and the complex demands for integrated infrastructure and novel workflows, and between the teaching mission of librarians and the educational agenda for e-research.” Corral , Sheila (2012), "Roles and responsibilities: libraries, librarians and data", In: Pryor, G. (ed.), Managing research data. Facet Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85604-756-2.