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 www.uel.ac.uk/researchdata 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!