A (short) introduction to research data management

As a funded university researcher, you have a responsibility to use your funds appropriately and properly, and funding agencies are quite rightly determined to ensure that their investments return maximum benefit and value. The more impact and research mileage your work generates, the better for everyone, including the funding agencies who will know their money … Continue reading A (short) introduction to research data management

Bite-sized RDM #5 – the readme file

You may have seen ‘README’ files before. And, like most people, you may have completely ignored them! It’s true that in most applications they contain information that’s not really of interest to the viewer, or instructions that aren’t really necessary. But in the context of complex scientific datasets, they really can provide a useful key … Continue reading Bite-sized RDM #5 – the readme file

Bite-sized RDM #3 – data management plans

All funding bodies require applicants to describe what data will be produced in a project, and how it will be managed during the project, and how it will become/remain accessible to the scientific community after the project. The normal method for compliance with these policies is to write a Data Management Plan.  Many funding bodies provide forms or … Continue reading Bite-sized RDM #3 – data management plans

Bite-sized RDM #1 – file naming conventions

Have a look at the filenames in the above image, and consider how useful they’ll be in three years’ time, when those files are sitting in a folder called ‘For filing’ along with several other desktop dumps, and hundreds of other, almost identical filenames? You shouldn’t rely on metadata like creation or modification dates for … Continue reading Bite-sized RDM #1 – file naming conventions

Thoughts on Electronic Research Notebooks as a national service for the academic community.

My interest in research documentation began in 2012, when I thought that an institutional transition from paper to digital would be painless, easy, and universally welcomed - a quick win for everyone. In industry, they’ve been using electronic research notebook systems for the last 20yrs - the benefits are clear and proven. But it turns … Continue reading Thoughts on Electronic Research Notebooks as a national service for the academic community.