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DIY’ Research Data Management Training Kit for Librarians

Jan 26, 2015




Presentation by Stuart Macdonald, EDINA & Data Library, University of Edinburgh at the DigCurV International Conference; Framing the digital curation curriculum

6-7 May, 2013
Florence, Rome

  • 1. DIY Research Data ManagementTraining Kit for LibrariansStuart MacdonaldAssociate Data LibrarianEDINA & Data LibraryUniversity of EdinburghDigCurV Conference - Framing the Digital CurationCurriculum 7 May 2013, Florence, Italy

2. Background EDINA and University Data Library (EDL) together are adivision within Information Services of the University ofEdinburgh. EDINA is a JISC-funded National Data Centre providingnational online resources for education and research - The Data Library assists Edinburgh University users inthe discovery, access, use and management ofresearch datasets - 3. Context Research Data Management (RDM)Policy passed by University Senate May 2011Information Services (IS) hascommitted to an RDM Roadmap overa 24 month period starting summer2013The Roadmap is a cross-divisionalcollaboration supported by: DCC EDINA & Data Library USD Library & Collections IT Infrastructure 4. The Roadmap will provide servicesto implement the Universitys RDMPolicy and will help to engageresearchers in RDM Data ManagementPlanning Active Data Infrastructure Data Stewardship 5. Work with academics to ensure that the library ismeeting teaching and research needs in theirrespective subject areasPromote information literacyFeedback specific needs of colleges/schools intolibrary planning processUpskilling Information professionalsIS staff need training to build confidence in engagingin RDM activity and support.Why liaison librarians? 6. Topics - agreed withparticipants in advance.Data management planningDocumenting & organisingdataData storage & securityEthics & copyrightData sharingInspired by Data Intelligence 4 Librarians but basedon MANTRA learning unitsTraining schedule and reflective questions sent out1 week in advance 7. Course structure2hr face-to-face sessionsFacilitated by data librariansInvited guest speakersTalks followed by long discussionsInteractive group exercises - based on UKDATrain the Trainers materialsHomework exercises to reinforcelearningReflective writing to think as a researcherMANTRA modules to work through in advanceof each sessionIndependent study: interview a researcher 8. Small group, private setting, plenty of timefor discussion, sharing stories.Emphasis on facilitation rather thanteaching; expert presence not necessary,though useful for settling unansweredquestions. 9. Outcome A complete training package designed to containeverything needed to complete a similar trainingcourse on your own (in small groups) based onopen educational materials. Librarians are in control of their own training(planned collaboratively) and therefore arecommitted to learning. Reading at own pace, reflective writing,background reading allow individuals to achievedeeper understanding for given research field. Management commitment to roll out furthertraining based on results 10. Training kit contents:Promotional slides & Training scheduleResearch Data MANTRA online courseReflective writing questions (PDF / Word)Selected group exercises (with answers) from UKData Service - Train the trainer materials (PDF)Podcasts for short talks by the original Edinburghspeakers if running course without live speakers(Windows or Quicktime versions).Presentation files (pptx)Evaluation formsIndependent study assignment: Data CurationProfile, from D2C2, Purdue University Libraries.Resources available: http://datacuraAll CC-BY licensed so please reuse! 11. Challenges If commitment is only lightweight -done as other work allows,spread over 4 months, noanticipation of job change - howeffective will the learning be? How and by whom should furthertraining be done - across ISand/or with researchers? DCC/JISC MRD: Awareness ofother institutions progress mayhelp learners take on boardimportance of RDM. 12. AcknowledgementsColleagues: Robin Rice & Anne DonnellyFlickr image by Marc Home (CC BY 2.0) - image by nickwheeleroz (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - image by josef.stuefer (CC BY 2.0) - image by Steve Snodgrass (CC BY 2.0) - image by gavinzac(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - image by Pink Sherbert Photography (CC BY 2.0) image by Rakka (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) - image by Koalie (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - image by Copperdog ~ Diane (CC BY-SA 2.0) -[email protected]/3439307901/Flickr image by miss_rogue (CC BY-SA 2.0) - image by publicdomain photos (CC BY 2.0) - image by DougfromSPACE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - 13. END!ThanksContact:S[email protected]: RDM Training Kit for Librarians Univ. Research Data Policy - University RDM Roadmap