3rd Research Data Network - St Andrews University - November 2016


This is the third in our series of research data network workshops which aim to bring together people in the higher education sector to exchange knowledge around the practical implementation of research data management (RDM).

The event also aims to inform our research data shared service as well as other Jisc services and institutional RDM provision through stimulating discussion within the community about RDM issues, system development and implementation.

For this particular workshop we are aiming to continue our focus on innovative tools, and approaches that offer practical solutions to current and future RDM challenges. We are particularly keen to enable opportunities for people to exchange information with each other about the issues they are tackling and bringing, successes, failures and learning points to the fore.


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Date and Venue

School of Medicine
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9TF

Scotland, UK

30 November 2016


This agenda is subject to change :


**Lecture Theatre**

**Seminar Room 1**

**Seminar Room 2**

**Small Seminar Rooms (6)**




Lecture Theatre: Welcome and Introduction
(Rachel Bruce)


Lecture Theatre: Keynote - Why does research data matter to libraries?
(John MacColl)


Comfort break and Birds of a Feather Session sign up


Researchers’ perspectives on active research data management
(Angela Miguel)

I am not a scientist, I don’t have any research data: Managing arts and humanities data
(Nicola Siminson)

Using community generated rubrics to evaluate data management plans - where have we got to so far?
(Valerie McCutcheon)

Space available for further small discussion, demos and side meetings




Lecture Theatre: Jisc Research Data Shared Service update
(Rachel Bruce and John Kaye)


Birds of a Feather 1

Birds of a Feather 2

Birds of a Feather 3

Space will also be available in small seminar rooms for other BOF’s, demo’s and side meetings


Frictionless Data for research
(Jo Barratt)

Minting DOI’s
(Rosie Higman)

Discovering the Research Data Alliance
(Chris Brown and Rachel Bruce)

Space available for further small discussion, demos and side meetings


Tea. coffee, comfort and networking break


Lecture Theatre: Towards Open Research: practices, experiences, barriers and opportunities
(Veerle Van den Eynden and Gareth Knight)


Lecture Theatre: Closing remarks
(Catherine Grout)

Session details and summaries

Why does research data matter to libraries?
Academic libraries manage the outputs of scholarship. These take their finished form in documentary products, the most obvious of which are books and journal articles. Alongside those very recognisable outputs are a number of other ‘greyer’ outputs. But is research data an output? It could be argued that research data is no more relevant to libraries than the discarded drafts of scholarly articles. What matters is how those data inform the arguments of scholarship as expressed in documentary form. Yet libraries have now become involved in the management of ‘underpinning’ data. Why?

Researchers’ perspectives on active research data management
This workshop includes two short talks by researchers at St Andrews about their experiences with active data and research procedures. The speakers are Tomas Lebl from Chemistry and Clint Blight from Biology. Tomas will talk about the development of the NOMAD system, which automates and simplifies some key workflows in NMR lab management, data acquisition and access. Clint will share his experiences of managing data as a Scientific Software Engineer & Geoinformatician in the Sea Mammal Research Unit. An opportunity for open discussion about issues and challenges facing researchers will follow.

I’m not a scientist, I don’t have any research data
How do you get researchers in the arts and humanities to engage with Research Data Management, in an environment where there are fewer external drivers and funder requirements than in other disciplines? After initiatives such as KAPTUR [see also About KAPTUR] and VADS4R, is more work needed to bridge the gap between researchers and their “stuff”
Based on the scenario of a conversation between a research data manager and a researcher, this workshop will provide an opportunity to consider these issues, and to share experiences and ideas for engaging with arts and humanities researchers, to support them in recognising and managing their “research data” in a more meaningful way.

Using community generated rubrics to evaluate data management plans - where have we got to so far
Back in February of this year a workshop at iDCC—a workshop that focused on the DART project’s evaluation of data management plans through the use of standardised rubrics—sparked an interest in bringing together the UK data management community to crowd source similar rubrics to apply to UK funders. This workshop is intended to be a reporting back of that community effort and a consideration of “What next?”

Frictionless data for research
Research data is often messy, and developing the infrastructure to maintain a high level of quality can be costly and time-consuming. Frictionless Data provides a suite of standards and tools that make it easy to produce and share high quality data using Data Packages, a containerization format for data which is an emerging best practice for data management and publication. We’ll demonstrate how anyone can meaningfully add simple metadata and straightforward schemas to their research data and make use of the tools we are developing, including the ability to validate data continuously.

Minting DOIs
As data becomes more integrated into academic publishing and RDM systems become more complex this has produced several issues in terms of managing DOIs. After a brief introduction into the issues and systems being used at Cambridge this will be an opportunity to discuss any issues you are having with managing DOIs - from placeholder records to ensuring persistent identifiers are really persistent.

Discovering the RDA
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) vision is researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. It is an international member organisation of over 4,000 members. Through working and interest groups, the RDA develops and implements concrete recommendations and supporting outputs that provide the social and technical connections necessary for a functional data infrastructure that bridges across countries, disciplines, scales, and technologies. Jisc is working with RDA Europe to ensure that UK research and its outputs are part of the global research infrastructure, in particular helping to inform the best practices and standards that Jisc and other related UK infrastructure can implement to support the creation, management and sharing of research data as a primary research output and knowledge foundation. This session will provide delegates with information on the RDA, the recent RDA UK workshop, and show how outputs from its groups can be used practically in universities and data centres in the UK.

Towards Open Research: practices, experiences, barriers and opportunities
Data experts from the UK Data Service and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine investigated researcher's attitudes and behaviours towards open research. Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, we studied the sharing and reuse of data, code, and open access publications and identified practical actions Wellcome can implement to remove barriers and maximise the opportunities for openness. Evidence gathered from 842 researchers shows open research practices are increasing and the benefits outweigh the barriers for most researchers. Certain benefits, barriers and motivations apply to researchers in general; other characteristics are very much determined by research discipline, career stage, the location where a researcher is based or carries out research, and the kind of research methods used and data generated. Recommendations to Wellcome include providing guidance and support for data preparation and management, infrastructure development and showcasing examples of data sharing to allow researchers to see how data is being used in their research community.

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

A number of BoF sessions that have been suggested to date including ones related to CRIS, Metadata, Research Impact, and Personal data.
If you have an idea for a session please let us know through the discussion section of this site or contact [email protected]

Proposed sessions:

1. Sharing non-open data in controlled conditions, session lead Gareth Knight
This session will explore the challenges associated with sharing personal, sensitive and other non-open research data generated in academic research and emerging practice for making these resources available under controlled conditions. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Motivations for sharing non-open data and limitations in place
  • Governance structure needed to enable sharing of these resources, including institutional oversight, policies and procedures
  • Technical infrastructure and tools available / needed to simplify the sharing process

2. CRIS for research data, session lead Masud Khokhar/Anna Clements
In this discussion we will explore best practice and challenges around using CRIS systems for research data, focusing on both front and back end interoperability and integrations. We will share use cases and the solutions some institutions have implemented, consider how some issues could be addressed, and how to work on CRIS interoperability going forward.

3. Metadata, session lead tbd
Loose structure participatory session where you can voice your metadata issues and discuss them with the community. Kick off can be a call for feedback on the SWORD4Data protocol then over to you!

4. Research impact measures and measurement, session lead Richard Lavell
Historically traditional measures such as citations and downloads have been used and have been embodied in REF. What other impact measure – especially those with societal impact – would the group consider as important and what metrics could they suggest to quantify them?

Any other suggestions?

Additional information

The venue also offers a set of tutorial rooms which can be used for side meetings, demo’s etc. throughout the day and will be used for the smaller Birds of a Feather sessions in the afternoon. We want you to have the opportunity to meet colleagues and share information so please do speak to a member of Jisc staff who will show you where to find an available room.



We will be using the hash tag #jiscRDM for these events and you can access, download, adapt and use all the resources from the workshop from this website