The Office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services (OIKLS) will be organising the following talk on 10 March. If you are interested, please feel free to register at:
|Open Access Research Data Sharing: Why does it matter? How does it benefit you?
||10 March 2017 (Friday)
||10:00am – 12:00pm
||LT6 (NS2-02-05), Nanyang Technological University
|About the talk:
||The NTU Research Data Policy was launched in April 2016 and it encourages open access research data sharing. More and more funding agencies and journals are starting to have similar expectations. Why does this matter to you as a researcher?
Mr Kevin Ashley, Director of Digital Curation Centre (UK), will be speaking on data sharing trends and practices across disciplines in different countries and institutions at this seminar. Hear from him about the positive impact of working openly and publishing data, including boosts to citation rates for associated journal articles. Also learn how re-searchers allocate resources for open access data sharing. You will have the opportunity to ask him why it matters to you and how you can realise the benefits of open research.
In support of the 9th International Open Access Week 2016, NTU Libraries facilitated a discussion forum titled “Open Access Research Data Sharing Requirements: Are you ready?” on 27 Oct 2016.
It was a very lively session where more than 100 people gathered to ask questions and learn about the rationale, challenges and how to prepare for data sharing, NTU’s requirements, data sharing platforms, etc. The audience, made up of NTU faculty, research staff, PhD students, administrative staff as well as a handful from external research institutions, was actively asking questions and giving comments on an online platform (sli.do.com) during the forum. Ms Goh Su Nee from NTU Libraries facilitated the discussion that had received 29 questions online as well as more than 50 responses to 2 open-ended poll questions.
Questions asked by participants on open access data sharing:
Click here to see the questions
- Will there be a national drive in data sharing? Like those in US, UK and Australia
- When researchers leave NTU, can data still be used by researchers? Can others still cite these researchers?
- What about data that has already been collected?
- How long is considered as long term?
- What formats are not considered research data?
- Why should researchers open themselves to scrutiny by making data publicly available?
- The first video actually referring to research data repository, regardless on whether the data has been used for publication or not. Will NTU has such system?
- Under content analysis, my data could be newspaper articles which are the copyright of publishers. In such a case what do I have to share?
- Does the data need to be "peer reviewed"?
- What is considered as a 'recognized open access data repository'?
- Wouldn't funding agency has the final say on whether research data can be shared or reused?
- When is workshop on cc-by thing? We need to understand these?
- Research product say a device or a sample like thin films, crystals etc also form the part of data set. Do we need to share them? If yes where is repository?
- Why did you choose the CC-BY-NC license and not a less restrictive one such as CC-BY? shouldn't we encourage maximum reuse of data to advance discovery?
- Since sharing is the main intention behind OA data, shouldn't all the data sets submitted to OA repositories be in machine-readable formats?
- What resources would I need for data sharing?
- How does the upcoming NTU research data repository look like?
- Who owns my data? Myself, the publisher, the grant dispenser or my institution?
- What is the purpose to share data?
- What is CC-BY-NC?
- What would make data sharing effective?
- I have sensitive data. So, I can be exempted from sharing right?
- Where and how to share data?
- Do I need to share all my data?
- Is there a specific timeline for NTU to implement changes to data sharing policy and infrastructure?
- Could we have advice on not just broad principles of data sharing, but on challenges of data sharing at NTU? E.g. there may be real cultural challenges.
- What are the benefits of sharing my data?
- What are NTU requirements?
- What is open access data sharing? Where and how to share?
Poll Question 1: What challenges would you foresee in open access research data sharing?
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- How is it recognized for tenure ad promotion? Same level as a paper on a journal?
- The cyberattack that may cause threats to our research depositories in the future
- Conflict with patents and collaboration contracts that involves monetization of the research output
- Lack of understanding or training in data classifications and uploading.
- Data might only be accessible using proprietary software
- You have helpdesk to guide us?
- Misuse of data which I shared
- Data being plagiarized
- Ethical issues
- Misinterpretation of data
- Need time to put in, need to sort data more clearly for other people to read.
- Extra time and effort
- Need to contact the data owner for clarification of how the data was collected (methods, accuracy)
- Uploading big datasets
- Not sure why is final data
- Don't know how to anonymize sensitive data
- Data theft and non-citation of data creator
- Data size as some data can be 1TB or close to it
- Depositors may not provide detailed enough metadata
- Lazy to upload data
- It'll be so costly
- Lack of citations attribution
- Filling the metadata form
Poll Question 2: What would make data sharing easier?
Click here to see the comments by participants
- Training by professionals to all researchers including fyp students .
- Universal data format
- Good trainer and training program
- Less things to input. Can input eg journals that were published. Don't have to type many things
- Researchers should be more proactive in doing all the preparatory work needed to share their data
- Demonstration of sharing story from peers within university or other institutes
- Systematic indexes and classifications
- Understanding need rationale logic and how to do it.
- Recognition of being an open data PI.
- Incentives/recognition for sharing data openly
- Administrative support for meta tagging and uploading
- Provide a template where we can just fill-in the necessary details and upload our data to be available online
- Knowledge Services dept to help us
- Easy to use platform
- Helpdesk to render quick help….
- A clearer explanation on the meta-data input form or less required fields on it.
- More staff to help
- Budget to hire data managers
- Make it optional
- Pay bonus :^)
- Support from the library!
- Give time
- User friendly interface
- Simple data storage mechanism
- Availability of resources.
- Clear guidelines for sharing
- Clear instructions
- Right culture and mindset
A PDF version of the Powerpoint slides presented at the event can be found HERE.
NTU Libraries would be hosting an event on research data sharing during the International Open Access Week.
Date: 27 Oct 2016 (Thur)
Time: 11:00am- 12.30pm
Venue: Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre (Block NS4, NS4-02-36)
Registration: Click here to register
(URL for the registration link: goo.gl/dNW4se)
The NTU Libraries Research Data Management Guide is now up and running!
The guide can be accessed via the Library homepage within the box titled “Research and Scholarship” or you can simply click the following URL to view the guide: https://blogs.ntu.edu.sg/lib-datamanagement/.
The research data management guide aims to help NTU researchers learn more about the various aspects of research data management and sharing as well as to guide them in meeting the university and funders’ requirements. Topics include what is research data, how to share data, where to share data, why share data, benefits of sharing data and etc. A number of relevant YouTube videos have also been included in the guide so that anyone who is interested in the topic could have a brief overview quickly.
More topics will be made available in future updates of this guide, e.g. more local topics such as the upcoming NTU DMP, relevance to the NTU Research Data Policy, etc. Please stay tuned to the guide for more updates!
If you would like to find out more about NTU Libraries research data management services, please contact us via email@example.com.