Feb 152012
 

It was back to serious business in January with lots of activity in engagement, service development, and recruitment. All these strands took off at once in mid-month leaving me struggling to keep up, but it was good to see progress across all active work packages.

Work package WP1 – Audit current RDM practice at University of Hertfordshire

Cathy Tong and I continue to work on the audit in the interim before our new project officer becomes established. A picture is emerging with regard to existing centralised facilities. This shows a gap in provision for research groups where there are non-staff members involved, but also that there is under-utilisation of existing resources because researchers do not understand how to use or access them. I have blogged on this issue and started on a FAQ to counter the knowledge gap.

Cathy established two really interesting engagements, both valuable, but in different ways. One, in the Humanities, was very much forward looking and about possibilities; whilst the other, in Health, focused on solving an urgent Research Data Management problem in the here and now. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Progress seemed fitful in a month shortened by the MRD launch event and seasonal festivities. There was a lot of talking, and from a personal perspective it was interesting to have to curb my tendancy to want to build something, and try instead to sift through the many voices and conversations to identify profitable ways forward for #rdtk_herts. Continue reading »

Nov 302011
 

Work package WP1 – Audit current RDM practice at University of Hertfordshire

Cardio and DAF : We have agreed a plan with Andrew McHugh of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to carry out a Cardio Assessment with key UH stakeholders, followed by a Data Asset Framework (DAF) exercise with one of our large research groups in Health and Human Sciences.  Working with the Andrew will hopefully allow us to equip our own staff to deploy DCC tools and methods in the future, whilst conducting an effective audit in the present. The DCC have match funding, so project money spent with them is doubled up and looks like good value.  The micro plan for the Cardio deployment is this:

  • engage stakeholders (November, #rdtk_herts project team)
  • introduction workshop, in which DCC introduce the audit methodology (December, All stakeholders, DCC led, 1hour)
  • individual RDM assessments using the DCC’s online Cardio assessment tool (December/January, All stakeholders, at their convenience)
  • aggregate and analyse results (January, DCC)
  • feedback workshop (January, All stakeholders, DCC led, 1-2 hour)

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Nov 152011
 

After five days of workshops, break out sessions, seminars and groups tasks at RDMF7 and DCC Roadshow Cambridge, this JISC project manager is now well versed in the language and lore of Research Data Management (RDM). As is often the case with these kind of events, you come away with more questions than answers, and having embarked with a fair idea of what I was doing, the RDM ‘horizon’ receded at times into a haze of unresolved issues. To bring back some perspective and to report back to my colleagues at University of Hertfordshire I did some reflection. This is a cut down version for public consumption.

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Nov 042011
 

Work package WP1 – Audit current RDM practice at University of Hertfordshire

We have had preliminary discussions with Principal Investigators and Research Group leaders in Health and Human Sciences; Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics; and History.

These discussions led to the Co-investigators for the project being identified and the first steps to collaboration being undertaken. Some early requirements for pilot services were revealed. Researchers from Health and Human Sciences have suggested three distinct research projects, covering a range of interventions at the beginning, middle, and end of the project lifecycle. This is encouraging for a good start to work packages WP2 & WP3. Continue reading »

Oct 102011
 

University of Hertfordshire published new policy and guidelines for staff with regard to Data Management on September 1, 2011. Most of the policy and its appendices are available publicly on the University’s Policy and Regulation web site under Data Management Policy.

Since this is a regulatory document, the language is ‘quasi-legal’, full of cross references to other policy, and naturally University of Hertfordshire centric.  However the main Policy Document does contain a useful and generally applicable set of definitions with regard to data, its owners and users.

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