Instant Ideas and Collaboration
A summary of our October’s #uklibchat on Research Data Management.
This discussion created a lively chat with many great insights on how Research Data Management could be used within libraries and how librarians can play an active role.
In the following summary I have tried to group responses together, some threads happened off the #uklibchat hashtag and others did not add in the question they were answering, so I have tried to connect the conversation as best I can. The original unedited tweets can be found in our archive
Q1 What is the library’s role in RDM?
@liz_jolly Q1 library’s role is one of collaborator and partner #uklibchat
@Annie_Bob Q1 this isn’t something any of the libraries I’ve worked at have been involved in but could be a useful partner/advisor #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Research data management. Requires processes and ownership because bodies of data are living entities.
@liz_jolly @Annie_Bob @uklibchat Northampton is good eg of modern university with library playing key role in RDM work #uklibchat
Q2 What objections to RDM do you anticipate researchers having? How might they be overcome?
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Libraries are critical hubs.Its not just a matter of storing data in silos. Libraries can bring different stakeholders together.
@Annie_Bob …..and that librarians’ skills and library’s role are important elements of success #uklibchat
@Annie_Bob #uklibchat q2 an attitude shift – not everyone will be easily persuaded to share their research data
@uklibchat Q2 I think researchers will be very cautious of leaving their data go anywhere but their own space #uklibchat
RT @liz_jolly: @uklibchat may be ethical concerns, for example in health. #uklibchat
@uklibchat Q2 RDM is something I have been learning a lot about however it is different in diff contexts #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Since knowledge is power I can understand why people will come up with many excuses not to share or allow common access.
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Objections can be overcome by demonstrating mutual benefits e.g. shared learning – the old story of not reinventing the wheel.
@liz_jolly @uklibchat Research data management may well be a funder’s requirement. #uklibchat
@jezcope Eg. some physicists have vast quantities (TB) of data from LHC, while others are purely theoretical and have little to no data. #uklibchat
@liz_jolly I found the article @uklibchat uklshared this morning on a new model for referencing (openness key) very interesting #uklibchat
Q3 How can researchers be given credit for sharing their data?
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Objections can also be handled by knowledge champions – subject experts with an interdisciplinary grasp of a topic.
@liz_jolly @uklibchat There’s a strong tension between openness and privacy. RDM can mean protecting privacy too though. #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Knowledge champions can be curators and gate keepers.People give them power because of their credibilty, experience & learning.
@jezcope Q3 Not sure about the execution, but Thompson Reuters is having a go at a Data Citation Index: http://t.co/vulSzqxZzb #uklibchat
@DataCite is part of the picture too — trying to make data citable in a consistent way (with DOIs!). #uklibchat
Q4 How would you respond to a researcher who argued that their data was too niche to be worth sharing?
@uklibchat Q4 I would think that if it is niche it is somewhat undiscovered and worth sharing! #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. My response to the “too niche” argument: how about serendipity? They’ll never know until they share.
@jezcope Q4 That said, it can be a red herring: sharing is the last in a long set of RDM actions that bring valuable results regardless. #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Too niche? This often reflects more a subjective unwillingness to share rather than the nature of the knowledge itself.
Q5 What areas of a librarians training (MLIS) can help a researcher manage their data?
@liz_jolly our profession is concerned with information management….#uklibchat
@ uklibchat Q5 If anything librarians can then encourage RDM! #uklibchat
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Some librarians can “find the unfindable” I guess this is more a case of experience rather than training. @infointuitive.
@argus_navigator @infointuitive yes experience I certainly am not at that stage! #uklibchat
@liz_jolly @uklibchat and we need to consider how we can apply these skills in the RDM context in partnership with colleagues #uklibchat
RT @argus_navigator: #uklibchat. Research data management. Requires processes and ownership because bodies of data are living entities.
@liz_jolly @uklibchat roles of ‘subject’ librarians in terms of advocacy and skills development also have potential in RDM #uklibchat
@liz_jolly @uklibchat see article in Ariadne 2012 by Cox: ‘Upskilling Liaison Librarians for Research Data Management’ #uklibchat
Q6 Where would the research data be archived for long-term preservation?
@liz_jolly @uklibchat Cox et al did great work on RDMRose proj — training materials now available: Information School #uklibchat
@jezcope @uklibchat yes and also good materials by Northampton and DCC: RDM for Librarians #uklibchat
Q7 Once the researcher has completed the project and the data is archived who is now the owner of this research?
@argus_navigator #uklibchat. Sorry I’m →q7. Ownership of particular interest. #uklibchat There are different ownership roles which reflect how people have contributed to the body knowledge – a case of who did what.
@martinoconnor3 ownership of data? open? as long as acknowledged? this is a big question as in philosophically big question.@uklibchat #uklibchat
@jezcope Legally, IPR embodied in the data usually owned by the institution (as employer), or as set out in a collaboration agreement. #uklibchat Morally though, it’s much more complex! Eg. it’s rare to stop a researcher taking their data with them when they move jobs. #uklibchat
@Kosjanka Ah sorry #uklibchat, I’m too late to the party. I’m just in the process of attempting to kick off #RDM in my (gov) workplace.