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Open Research events in London

By Daniel Van Strien, on 8 November 2017

Two upcoming events organised by Open Research London exploring open science/research are open for booking:

The first event is taking place on the 21st of November and is a satellite event of the OpenCon 2017 conference. During the day there will be a ‘hackathon’ focusing on the themes of ‘Open for reproducibility’ and ‘Open for collaborative-coding’. You can find more information and book here. In the evening of the 21st, there will be a number of talks on open access and open science. Further information and booking here.

The second event, ‘Open Research Data: Challenges and Prospects’, takes place on the 27th of November and will include contributions from four speakers. Further information and booking here.

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New research staff at UCL? Book your induction!

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 November 2017

The UCL Organisational Development team organises induction sessions open to new post-docs and any new research staff to discover researcher development opportunities and research support services available to them.

Booking is now open for sessions on the 13/12, 14/03 and 06/06; each event will be followed by a reception. Read the programme and book now.

More information for new starters is also available in the UCL Research Staff Hub.

 

Research Support & Integrity – course for all PhD students: 22/11 and 06/12

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 19 October 2017

This regular training course introduces PhD students to research support available during the course of their studies. It is relevant for all PhD students, whatever the stage reached in their project and is applicable to all disciplines.

UCLQuadEach half-day session focuses on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access and Research IT. It highlights good practices in these areas, as well as explain the expectations of researchers.

Two sessions will take place this Term, on Wednesdays 22/11 and 06/12. More dates will be available in the next Terms.

Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.

Digital skills development – courses and drop-ins for staff and students

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 11 October 2017

KeyBoards22Students and staff can now book courses to develop their skills in a wide range of topics, including bibliographic software, data analysis, databases, graphic applications, SharePoint, UNIX, R, spreadsheets and more.

Digital skills drop-ins are also available during term time, on Wednesdays.

Find more information about dates, locations and how to book the courses.

What is FAIR data?

By Daniel Van Strien, on 9 October 2017

The FAIR data principles aim to provide a framework to ensure that research data can be effectively reused. The principles are outlined below alongside recommendations for practically achieving these principles.

Why FAIR data? 

The FAIR Data Principles were developed by a FORCE11 group and originally published in Nature Scientific Data in 2016. The authors argue that ‘Good data management is not a goal in itself, but rather is the key conduit leading to knowledge discovery and innovation, and to subsequent data and knowledge integration and reuse by the community after the data publication process.’

What are the fair data principles?

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A forum to learn about Data Intensive Research across disciplines – 13/11, London

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 5 October 2017

Data Intensive Science is a rapidly emerging, cross disciplinary research challenge already traversing the fields of Materials Science, Bio-medical research, Computational Engineering and Digital Humanities (to name a few).

This event is being hosted by King’s College London and the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and is open to researchers, support staff, academics and industry members from across King’s College London, the SES Consortium (including UCL) and the UK (limited places).

This event aims to bring together researchers from varying disciplines across SES and provide them with a forum to share ideas, discover cross-disciplinary patterns in data intensive research, and solve larger research problems.

See the programme and register now.

Open Access week: free event on RDM and Open Research – 25/10, Bloomsbury

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 5 September 2017

Registration is now open for the next Better Science through Better Data event organised by the Wellcome Trust and Springer Nature. The papers, lightening talks and demos will focus on the benefits, unintended consequences and practicalities of managing and publishing research data.

Springer_WellcomeTrustThis event is open to staff and students; it will take place in the Wellcome Collection building.

See more information and how to register.  

The Wellcome’s new policy on sharing research outputs

By Daniel Van Strien, on 27 July 2017

The Wellcome has recently announced an updated policy on sharing research outputs. This policy develops their existing policies on Open Access publishing and research data to emphasise the importance of sharing research software and other research outputs.  This forms part of the Wellcome’s broader promotion of Open Research practices.

You can find the announcement of the Wellcome’s new policy on their website. If you need support with writing an ‘Outputs Management Plan’ for the Wellcome or another funders further guidance is available.

 

Research IT & Data Management drop-ins: 2017-18 dates (Terms 1 & 2)

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 18 July 2017

The Research Data Management and Research IT teams will run more regular drop-in sessions in 2017-18. These sessions are open to all research staff and research students and will be attended by someone from the Research Data Management team as well as representatives from all of the RITS service areas; if you have any questions or problems related the following areas, you should find someone there who can help:

  • research programming
  • workflow automation
  • finding tools and services for your research programmes
  • high performance computing
  • handling large datasets
  • handling sensitive data
  • data storage
  • Research Data Management (including Data Management Plans).

There’s no need to book, but we can make sure there’ll be someone there to help with your problem if you email rits@ucl.ac.uk ideally two days before the session.

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DMPOnline for UCL researchers: a tool to help write your Data Management Plan

By Daniel Van Strien, on 3 July 2017

Data Management Plans have become a requirement for a growing number of research funders. Knowing what to include in a plan can be a challenge for researchers. DMPOnline is a tool which helps researchers develop Data Management Plans by providing templates alongside guidance for each section of the plan. DMPOnline allows you to share your plan with collaborators, export to a variety of different formats and follow templates for the major funders.

Recently the Research Data Management team in UCL Library Services has developed a customised version of DMPOnline. This customised guidance aims to provide UCL researchers with information on local support, infrastructure and services available at UCL.

You can begin using the UCL customised version of DMPOnline by signing in or creating a new account on DMPOnline and choosing UCL as your organisation.  DMPOnline is easy to use but we have also developed additional instructions. We are still in the process of developing the guidance on DMPOnline, if you have any comments please email lib-researchsupport@ucl.ac.uk.

If you would like further support on developing a plan or would like us to review a draft of the plan please send us an email: lib-researchsupport@ucl.ac.uk. Please try and allow at least two weeks before submission of an application for us to review draft plans.