May 202014
 

Research Data Management Training for the whole project lifecycle in Physics & Astronomy was co-funded by the JISC Managing Research Data Programme 2011-2013 and the University of Hertfordshire. The project was carried out in parallel with other JISCMRD work at University of Hertfordshire and collaborated with researchers in Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) and the Centre for Atmospheric & Instrumentation Research (CAIR) to develop a short course in RDM for Post-Graduate and early career researchers in the physical sciences. It adopted a whole project lifecycle approach, covering issues from data management planning, through good data safekeeping, to curation options and arrangements for data reuse. The resultant short course is available via 4 modules at www.jorum.ac.uk.

The final report is available via http://hdl.handle.net/2299/13638

Output / Outcome Type Brief Description and URLs (where applicable)
UH DMPonline Template Progression from a RDM checklist within our UH Data Policy, to a DMPonline template that fulfils the UH data policy and stands alone as a record of the treatment and location of data.
Project Website Including guidance on best-practice RDM for topics related to the lifecycle of research projects and the following training materials http://bit.ly/uh-rdm
Training Slides Presentation slides covering 18 topics within four RDM sessions, available via JORUM

1 – Planning a project http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18502

2 – Getting started http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18503

3 – Safeguarding your data http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18504

4 – Finishing touches http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18505

Trainer Notes Aims and key points for each slide of the training.
Discipline Packages Examples to make the generic advice relevant in physical sciences; Physics and Astronomy. Also in Health sciences, History, and Business.   (Additional packages to follow in the coming months.)
How to choose training Advice on which training is suitable and how these materials can be used in training sessions for researchers, research students, support and technical staff within and without UH.
Case Studies Descriptions of 12 projects, highlighting RDM practices, and key issues and solutions that have affected researchers throughout the university, posted on our RDM website for the benefit of other researchers in the university. http://bit.ly/uh-rdmcs
Current and best-practice assessment Formal and informal interviews with researchers in Astronomy, Physics, Maths, Robotics, and Atmospherics to discuss the bespoke solutions they have adopted and the applicability of our RDM tools to the physical sciences.
Development Blogs Blog summaries on

  • the progression from RDM training sessions for astronomers to generic training sessions for researchers in all disciplines,
  • the development of the website
  • the development of the UH DMP Template
  • http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/
Evaluation of Training Feedback evaluated after each training session used to improve training sessions in particular the content and duration.
Improved data management in astronomy research students Follow up interviews with research students demonstrated improved awareness of data management, preservation requirements and security of data.
Workshop presentations This work has been presented at JISC workshops and RDM training related meetings;24/10/12 – JISC Building Institutional RDM Meeting in Nottingham “RDM Training for Physics and Astronomy”26/10/12 – RDM Training Stand workshop “RDMTPA at UH”25/03/13 – JISC RDM Meeting in Birmingham “RDM Training at UH”
Presentations for researchers “Introduction to RDM” presented to researchers, staff and students.

  • Staff development: 16/10/12, and 30/04/13
  • GTR:   13/05/13
  • For Astronomy PGRS: 23/10/12
  • For STRI new PGRS: 01/03/13

Research Group seminars are planned for the autumn term 2013.

“Preserving Digital Data at UH” presented at the National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews, 1-5/07/13.