Save the date: UCL Research Staff Conference, 20/06

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 27 April 2017

The UCL Organisational Development team has announced the next date and theme of the 2017 Research Staff Conference. It will take place on Tuesday 20th June 2017 (9am-5pm) and will focus on “Transitions in Careers”.

The team is also offering a large range of development opportunities through its Research Staff Development Programme with already more than 30 courses scheduled until July. Programme and booking information are available.

Finally don’t forget to bookmark the UCL Research Staff Hub website, where you will find information about: UCLResearchStaffHub

  • essential support services,
  • training opportunities,
  • research networks,
  • induction for new starters.

 

New date! Introduction to Research Support & Integrity: 02/05

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 21 March 2017

SignpostsThis 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.

Each 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.

The last session of the academic year will be held on Tuesday 2nd of May (10am-1pm). More dates will be available in the next academic year.

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

Digital Skills courses & drop-ins: new dates

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 28 February 2017

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

Drop-ins are also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

What is a DOI?

By Daniel Van Strien, on 17 February 2017

What is a DOI?

DOI stands for ‘Digital Object Identifier’. A DOI is an alphanumeric string assigned to an object which allows for an object to be identified over time. Often a DOI will be presented as a link which looks like: https://doi.org/10.1109/5.771073. A DOI will always point (link) to the current location for an object. A DOI is similar to a URL but unlike a URL a DOI will take you to the correct object even if the object is moved.

Why should I use a DOI?

A DOI is useful for citing your data in journal articles and other publications, it makes it easier for other people to cite your data and makes your data more discoverable. Most of us have had experience of following a link on a website to arrive on a 404 landing page. A DOI aims to avoid this happening with your research data. The use of a DOI or another persistent identifier is often a requirement of research funder policies on sharing underlying data.

Should I use DOI or another identifier for my data?

A DOI provides a persistent identifier for your data and has become a widespread standard. There are other identifiers available which some repositories may use instead. If you are depositing in a reputable repository then you should be given some type of persistent identifier which you can use to cite and link to your data.

It is also important to note that whilst a DOI provides a persistent identifier for your data it is also important that you assign metadata to your data too. This metadata will help others to understand the data you have shared and also make it easier for people to discover data which might be useful for their research.

How do I get a DOI for my data?

Most repositories will assign a DOI to your uploaded data. UCL Discovery and Digital Collections will both mint DOIs for any data shared in these repositories. Other established repositories will provide you with a DOI for your data once it has been uploaded. Once you have a DOI you can use it to cite your underlying data in publications, on the web and to more easily share your data with other researchers.

Introduction to Research Support @ UCL – courses for all PhD students: 01/03 and 28/03

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 February 2017

UCLQuadThis new regular training course is running to introduce 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.

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

The next dates are

  • Wednesday 1st March, 2-5pm
  • Tuesday 28th March, 10am-1pm

More dates will be available in the next term. Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.

Research Data Alliance EU Early Career support Programme for the RDA 9th Plenary

By Daniel Van Strien, on 27 January 2017

The Research Data Alliance is offering travel support to early career European researchers and scientists working with data to attend the 9th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, 5-7 April 2017.

The deadline for applying is the 31st of January 2017. Full details can be found on the RDA website.

 

Research IT & Data management Drop-ins

By Daniel Van Strien, on 5 January 2017

The Research Data Management team will be working with colleagues from Research IT to run regular drop-in sessions for all research staff and research students where you can come and get support and advice. The sessions will be attended by someone from the Research Data Management team as well as representatives from all of the RITS service areas, so if you have any 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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Research software management, sharing and sustainability workshop: free events across the UK for researchers working with software

By Daniel Van Strien, on 4 January 2017

Jisc, in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are inviting all researchers interested and passionate about developing or using research software to join a workshop on this subject.

Events are taking place across the UK, including a workshop at the British Library on the 12th of January, 2017. These free events invite researchers to:

• Share experiences and best practice around managing and sharing software for research
• Discuss and explain the blockers and issues you are having with the current best practice and why it is not working in your research group
• Work with others on developing new solutions for problems that might not have been tackled yet in this area

Spaces are filling quickly so you are recommended to register soon if you are interested in attending.

UCL researchers using – or thinking about using – software in their research have a range of support available to them at UCL. Research IT Services (RITS) can support researchers with research software development, research data storage and high performance computing. For researchers wanting to develop their software skills RITS also offers training. You can read about the support RITS has provided researchers at UCL on their Showcase page. 

 

Research Programming – next Technical social event: 7 December, 5pm

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 29 November 2016

RITSUCL Research IT Services (RITS) organise regular informal events where you can learn about useful tools and techniques which will help with your research while meeting other students and staff who use computers for science. Each event features a short talk followed by informal discussion over pizza and drinks!

The next event will take place on the 7th of December. We will hear about building a Web Lab. Register now.

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Introduction to Research Support @ UCL: new course for all PhD students

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 November 2016

UCLQuadA new regular training course is running to introduce 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.

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

The next date is Wednesday 7th of December, 2-5pm. More dates will be available in the next terms. Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.