Archive for September, 2015

What is a Data Access Statement and do I need one in my publication?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 22 September 2015

Some research funders such as the EPSRC require you to include Data Access Statements in your pending publications. The RCUK Policy on Open Access also states that

“All papers must include details of the funding that supported the research and, if applicable, a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed.”

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Who can help me to write my Data Management Plan?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 22 September 2015

When developing a project or applying for funding you are likely to need a Data Management Plan. This will help you to identify the various decisions that must be made regarding your data throughout your project.

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How should I store sensitive & personal data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 22 September 2015

UCL Data Safe Haven should be used to store personal and sensitive data. Information and guidance is available.

Ethical and legal issues should always be considered when storing and preserving your research data.

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I am about to publish my article, where can I deposit my data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 21 September 2015

Some research funders such as the EPSRC require you to make openly available (where appropriate) datasets supporting your pending publications.

UCL Discovery is a repository that can be used to make publicly accessible such small datasets underpinning your publications. It is free of charge for UCL researchers.

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How long should I keep my data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 21 September 2015

Two official documents are here to help UCL researchers and students understand their responsibilities regarding the preservation (or “archiving”) of the data that they produce. Check the definition of research data if you are not sure what is meant by it.

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Where can I find UCL policies regarding research data, information security and data protection?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 21 September 2015

The UCL Research Data Policy sets out UCL’s expectations around the management and sharing of data created by UCL researchers. All UCL researchers, supervisors and Principal Investigators should read the Policy and share it with colleagues and students where relevant.

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How can I comply with ESRC’s expectations on data management?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 17 September 2015

As of March 2015 ERSC-funded projects have to comply with the council’s updated Research Data Policy.

UCL guidance for ESRC-grant holders and grant applicants is available online and explains how to comply with the Economic and Social Research Council’s new expectations related to the management and accessibility of research data.

How can I comply with EPSRC’s expectations on data management?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 17 September 2015

As of the 1st of May 2015 projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have to comply with several new expectations related to the management and accessibility of research data.

UCL guidance for EPSRC-funded researchers is available online and explains how to comply with the council’s Research Data policy.

What is metadata?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 15 September 2015

Metadata are commonly defined as “data about other data”, i.e. a description of your data, including key information that would make them discoverable.

What is Research Data Management?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 15 September 2015

Research data are the original sources or material that you have created or collated to conduct your research project. The response to your research question is based on the analysis of these data. (Read more in our post on research data.)

Research Data Management covers all of the decisions made throughout the research lifecycle to handle these research data, from the planning stage of the project up to the long-term preservation of data.

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