Raising your Research Visibility with Open Research Data: Presentations & Panel Discussion

As part of the International Open Access Week, the Office of Information, Knowledge & Library Services (OIKLS) is organizing the following panel discussion on 24 Oct 2017.

Register now at http://goo.gl/ZwgEKx  to reserve a seat and a bento lunch box!

Raising your Research Visibility with Open Research Data: Presentations & Panel Discussion
Date: 24 October 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Venue: Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre (NS4-02-36), Nanyang Technological University
About the event: Six panellists have been invited to talk about their views and data sharing experiences. This will provide an opportunity for researchers and interested parties to learn more about how to prepare and share* research data which can increase their research visibility and understand other benefits.

*According to the NTU Research Data Policy, NTU expects final research data to be made available for sharing where possible.

Research Data Management Workshops for Librarians by Digital Curation Centre (UK)

NTU Libraries recognizes the important role its librarians will play as the University places greater emphasis on open access research data sharing. Data sharing is meaningful only when data is discoverable and reusable. The Digital Curation Centre (UK) was invited to conduct two workshops for librarians on 8th and 9th March 2017 to prepare them in potential new roles in research data management and sharing advocacy and advisory related services. The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management.

On the first day, the trainers, Kevin Ashley and Jonathan Rans shared with participants methods for engaging with researchers on the benefits of open data sharing and enable them to dispel common fears. Librarians had a chance to examine different approaches and discuss what might be adapted for the NTU context. The day ended with practical advice on supporting researchers to select, license and publish their data.

Day 1 “Supporting open research at Nanyang Technological University” workshop slides and material:  Introduction, Data selection licensing, Engaging researchers with servicesFinding repository, How are researchers supported exercise on Data sharing barriers.

On the second day, participants learned how to identify requirements for RDM support and were introduced to tools which facilitated gap analysis. One example was the use of the RISE (the Research Infrastructure Self Evaluation Framework) framework. Such self-assessment and planning tools will be useful as the University prepares to augment its technical and service infrastructure to support good research data management practices.

Participants of the workshops wrapped up the 2-day workshop with comments like “Inspiring, makes me want to foray into RDM in the library” , “I am now more confident and have a deeper understanding of data management”.

Day 2 “Supporting open research for librarians (advanced)” workshop slides and material: Introduction,  Designing services model, Disciplinary data issues, Supporting data management planning.


Research Data Sharing talk by Digital Curation Centre (UK)

Over 80 persons including NTU faculty, research staff, PhD students, administrative staff as well as a few from external research institutions took time from their busy work on 10 Mar 2017 to hear from by Mr Kevin Ashley, Director of the Digital Curation Centre (UK) about “Open Access Research Data Sharing: Why does it matter? How does it benefit you?”.

The talk highlighted interesting data reuse stories, data curation, importance of data management, public and research community benefits, practices around the world and costs involved, resource allocation for open access data sharing. The speaker also shared about the positive impact of working openly and publishing data.

The audience was busy with their mobile devices while Mr Ashley was speaking. They were typing their questions on an online platform sli.do.com in response to what they hear from him. Kevin took time to respond to each and every of the 16 questions at appropriate junctures during the talk.

Library provided lunch to everyone who came. Most of the participants shared with us after the talk that they have gained a better understanding of open access research data sharing.

Click HERE to access the slides presented during the talk.

Click here to have a look at the 16 questions:

1. Do you feel that researchers, especially those in early stage of their career are resistant to share data because there is a lack of formal recognition?

2. In your experience, have you encountered universities with competitive instead of collaborative culture and how do you foster collaboration in such context?

3. Data Sharing is more prevalent in some fields than others. What are some key reasons /ways this can be emulated in other fields.

4. Data destruction – We can't possibly know what data can be useful many decades later like in the case of the shipping logs?

5. What are the boundaries of open access data sharing?

6. What are the barriers to open access research data sharing? How to overcome them?

7. Data sharing is good but DMP is too much bureaucratic work. Why is this necessary?

8. What's the best way to convince researcher who has reservation in data sharing? Esp those in highly competitive discipline.

9. This is more a question for the library: is there a secure server in NTU for the collection of data and back up of data while we are conducting research?

10. In your experience, have you encountered universities with competitive instead of collaborative culture, and how do you foster collaboration in such context?

11. In some research, we deal with human subjects (& their consent). What can NTU IRB do for those who are considering sharing beyond the scope of current project?

12. Is there a guide that has a master list of digital archives available for all disciplines? So that researchers can go to the guide to and find data for reuse.

13. Data management (digital curation/sharing) is normally driven at national level (eg UK, US & Australia). What is the likelihood for one to occur here?

14. How does open access address PDPA policy (Especially on the part that personal data is not to be moved out of Singapore)?

15. What research data do I need to share?

16.What is open access?


NTU DMP Writing Workshops

Following the launch of the NTU Research Data Policy and NTU DMP tool on 14 Apr 2016, the Library and Research Support Office (RSO) have been conducting DMP writing workshops for various colleges, schools, research centres using the NTU DMP template. More than 100 NTU faculty and non-faculty researchers have attended 7 workshops so far. Most, if not all would have completed a draft DMP at the end of the workshop.

Our RSO colleague would typically kick off the session with a brief overview of the NTU Research Data Policy and DMP creation, reminder and submission workflow. A Research Data Management librarian from the Scholarly Communication Group of NTU Libraries would then spend most part of the workshop time to walk through the 10 questions in the NTU DMP template with workshop participants. If you haven’t had the chance to use the NTU DMP template in RIMS, you may like to visit the online Research Data Management Guide for an overview listing of the 10 questions with corresponding guides and samples.

If you would like to attend a DMP writing workshop, you may like to register via this link.

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