Research Dialogues

Research Dialogues is a new initiative to help researchers at UEL share good practice in research activity. Facilitated by Library & Learning Services and the Graduate School, lunchtime sessions at each campus will offer a short presentation on a topic of interest and plenty of time for discussion. The first Dialogue takes place during International Open Access Week 2014 and will focus on UEL’s response to the new HEFCE policy for the next REF exercise. This will require articles to be made openly available (not behind a subscription paywall) even to be considered for submission in the next exercise. November’s Dialogue will look at ORCID, an open and persistent ID for researchers.
Here is the programme for October and November, but if you have a topic you want to cover, contact Stephen Grace the Research Services Librarian at or David McElroy the Research Data Management Officer at

Topic Date Venue
Open Access: why should I care, what should I do? Tuesday 21 October 13.00-14.00 in ED.4.02
Open Access: why should I care, what should I do? Thursday 23 October 13.00-14.00 in EB.1.39
ORCID – an open ID for researchers Thursday 20 November 13.00-14.00 in EB.1.39
ORCID – an open ID for researchers Friday 21 November 13.00-14.00 in ED.4.02

What, this old thing? When people actually use your outputs

In discussions this morning about research information, REF2020 and Open Access I was heartened to see our IT Director produce the survey on managing research data I conducted with John as part of the TraD project. He said that he kept “important documents” like this on the top of his filing system (also called a window sill), and this survey gave him good evidence of what is needed/wanted by UEL researchers. Too often, people start with a system (existing or potential) rather than their requirements.

So I thought I would remind myself what researchers said they wanted from a central RDM support service – and what we are offering in Research Data Services as a response:

What they wanted in 2012 What we offer in 2014
Guidance and procedures Website at in final preparation, ad hoc advice in response to emails/phone calles
Training (staff and students) Workshops via Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme and embedded in School of Psychology
Help with writing DMPs Drafting/consultancy offered, promoted by Research and Development Support colleagues
Storage Data repository for archiving/sharing data; IT investigating storage for active research data

More to do, and plenty to communicate more fully with our audiences at UEL, but I feel this is good progress.

And I was reminded that I once visited a senior researcher, who had pinned the University’s RDM policy on his wall as “inspiration” when preparing funding bids. So these things are used, after all!