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Researchers’ perspectives on Research Data Management – Jenny

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 15 February 2018

In 2017 we conducted a series of short interviews as part of the LEARN project. We asked several UCL researchers about data management and data sharing in their disciplines.

Dr Jenny Bunn is a lecturer in UCL Department of Information Studies; she is the Program Director for the MA/Diplomate/Certificate in Archive and Records Management. She previously worked as an archivist at the V&A Museum, The Royal Bank of Scotland Archives, Glasgow University Archives and The National Archives before moving to teaching and research at UCL.

Alongside Jenny’s insights as a researcher, her professional experience as an archivist also informs her approach to Research Data Management (RDM). She emphasised the importance for researchers to reflect on three questions: what data could potentially be useful for other researchers; where to share this data most effectively; and whether some data should not be kept. A central message of the interview was the need for researchers not to view RDM as ‘keeping everything’ but instead as viewing RDM as a key component of research integrity.

Watch Jenny’s 7-minute interview (opens a new window in Youtube).

Jenny's interview

I am using external hard drives to archive my data, how can I make them as safe as possible?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 30 November 2015

A hard drive sitting on your bookshelf might be useful for storing your data, but it is not reliable or secure enough to be considered archiving (there are even worse ways to store your data, for instance memory sticks). We have written a guide on how to store & archive your research data (whether digital or not).

If you don’t have the time to read that guide right now, here are a few emergency tips for taking care of your hard drive to make sure that you can still read the data in the coming years.

At the minimum you should: (more…)