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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.

Open Access, UCL Press, research data & research IT drop-in – 26 October, 3pm

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 13 October 2016

All UCL staff are invited to a drop-in session to find out more about open access options, research data and research IT support available at UCL. The session will take place on Wednesday 26th of October from 3pm in the Anatomy Building and will be followed by a book launch.

You willDrop-in_flyer have the opportunity to talk to members of the UCL Press, Open Access, Research Data Management and Research IT teams.

Find more information and register for free.

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

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 12 October 2016

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, spreadsheets and more.

Drop-ins are also available during term time, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

When research crosses borders: free event for Early Career Researchers, academics & support staff – 29 September, Oxford

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 8 September 2016

UCL Early Career Researchers, academics and research support staff are invited to attend this free event at the University of Oxford. They will learn and discuss the challenges, methods, laws, and possibilities in collecting and sharing research data in international contexts.

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With the SES consortium we have put together an exciting programme of presentations and discussions with both academic and research support perspectives on using research data across continents.

Participants will hear from international research projects in health, law, environment, criminology and more. They will also have the opportunity to ask their questions to our panel of experts at the end of the day.

Read the programme and register now.