Depositing Data for Open Access in the Arts and Humanities

I had an interesting conversation today with a senior researcher in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications. He made the point that a large number of research awards in the Arts & Humanities (particularly from the AHRC) are to fund the writing of a monograph. The main ‘data’ for this type of research is contained within the book itself and one might thus conclude that the book should indeed be made freely available to any researcher who might want to use it.

This doesn’t fit very neatly with the typical ‘publisher’ model, whereby the copyright of the work is handed over to them in exchange for very modest royalties / distribution & advertising. The AHRC are understandably unhappy that publishers are making money from publicly funded research, but at the moment there are few alternatives for researchers if they want their work to achieve the desired impact for REF.

As things stand, if a book is going to be published, then the ability to make it or any underlying data publicly available would be conditional on the publisher agreeing, which I doubt many of them would.

JISCMRD02 Launch Workshop

JISCMRD02 Launch Workshop 12 – 13 December 2011, Nottingham Day 2, Engineering Cluster

Day 2 – Engineering Cluster

(posted by Graham Blyth)

Members of four projects got together

  • MardiGross – Glasgow
  • Orbital – Lincoln
  • Research360 – Bath
  • Roadmap – Leeds

Session started with round table “who we are”, “what we do” and the research contexts. Although all were interested in an engineering or related discipline there were significant differences in researcher wants and expectations. There were also differences in the depth and breadth of approaches being taken by the project teams.

A few issues in common:

  • What to do with the “meaningless” raw data. That data which is useful within the originating group but probably useless outside.
  • This leads to some focus on research continuity within the research group not just on the outward facing.
  • The problems of metadata for data from very specific sometimes bespoke pieces of apparatus.

The bulk of the remaining discussion was around how best to work together. Immediate ideas included

  • Sharing training materials or Engineering specific examples to include in general training
  • Comparison of case studies
  • Sharing technologies

Links to summaries of other sessions can be found at 

RDM Steering and Working Groups

Leeds RDM groups: RoaDMaP will benefit from institute-wide input via two RDM groups

Two important developments at the University of Leeds are the creation of a Research Data Management Steering Group and a Research Data Management Working Group. The Steering Group is a high level committee at the University, chaired by the PVC for Research. It will act as the Steering Group for the RoaDMaP project. The Working Group will act as an advisory body for the project; this will be really helpful as it has members from many different areas of the university – staff training, IT, research support and researchers.

One of the early aims of the project is to agree an institutional research data management policy. Watch this space!

Welcome to RoaDMaP

The RoaDMaP project is underway, we’ll be posting reflections, developments and conclusions to this blog.

The RoaDMaP project is jointly funded by the University and by JISC. Leeds is keen to address research data management, building on our experience as a case study site in the UK Research Data Service feasibility study. Leeds is a large University with about 3000 Management working in a wide variety of research disciplines. The breadth and volume of our research is considerable and there is high-level recognition of the need to store, curate and, where possible, facilitate re-use of our research data. The University is already well down the road to an institutional Research Data Management Policy.

RoaDMaP will work intensively with case study research groups, assessing their research data management requirements and testing out existing tools with them, such the the DCC’s DMPOnline. We’ll review how the institutional RDM policy can be implemented in practice and assess our current training provision to make sure researchers and research support staff are equipped with the skills they need. We’ll also be reviewing storage, metadata and repository options. So a lot to do! This blog will record our reflections, progress and conclusions.