Research Data Management Workshop

Firstly I should introduce myself; I’m UELs new Research Data Management Officer. I performed a similar role at the University of Glasgow, working on the C4D project. The outcome for Glasgow was a live data repository built on the EPrints platform. I am excited to now be part of the team at UEL, where we have an excellent opportunity to provide a fantastic new RDM infrastructure and service to our staff and students.


Stephen and I ran a Research Data Management Workshop yesterday in our Stratford Campus. We had 11 participants, from a variety of backgrounds. We aimed to give a wide outline of the importance of good RDM and the services we offer in the library.2013-11-05 12.33.04

12.00     Welcome and Introductions

12.15     Presentation on managing your research data

13.00     Briefing on exercise using a simple Data Management Plan template

13.30     Feedback and discussion on exercise, and next steps

14.00     Close

Stephen led the introduction and invited the participants to tell us and each other about the sort of research they do, and their relationship with data. There was a very good variety of research data being created and reused, from sensitive patient data, foreign government data, and interviews, to large quantitative datasets.

Stephen then started the presentation on managing your research data. I took over at one point and gave information on backing up and securing data. Once I had finish Stephen finished off by talking about Data Management Plans.

We then took a short break and encouraged everyone to have a go at completing a sample data management plan we provided, based on work by the DCC. The feedback at the time suggests that this was very helpful. Some saying that it helped make what they need to do for their research clearer.

We gathered the DMPs and plan on providing feedback to those who left their email addresses.

Our feedback forms show that overall the workshop was very well received. It has also given us ideas on how we can improve the flow in future. We are very pleased with the level of interest shown by the participants, reinforcing our view on the importance of providing good support for research at UEL.