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UCL Open Science Day: developing open scholarship at UCL

By Daniel Van Strien, on 19 April 2018

Free event for UCL researchers and staff.

This one day workshop will explore the facets of Open Science and how these are/could be pursued by UCL researcher. In the morning speakers will discuss different aspects of and perspectives on Open Science with afternoon workshops offering practical advice. There will also be opportunity to discuss the steps UCL should take to support Open Science. This free event will be open to all UCL staff and is delivered by UCL Library Services with support from UCL Organisational Development.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. David Price, Vice-Provost (Research), UCL
  • Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Library Services
  • Catriona MacCallum, Director of Open Science, Hindawi
  • Emily Sena, University of Edinburgh
  • James Wilsdon, University of Sheffield
  • Simon Hettrick, Sustainable Software Institute

Afternoon workshops will cover:

  • How do we make Open the default at UCL
  • How to make your data open (and FAIR)?
  • Citizen Science
  • Open Peer review
  • Open Education

Registration available via Eventbrite. Please contact lib-researchsupport@ucl.ac.uk with any questions.

Researchers’ perspectives on Research Data Management – Martin

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 16 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 Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (Bartlett). Martin’s research and teaching makes extensive use of a wide variety of data sources including government data, business data and textual data.

Our interview with Martin provides a clear example of how researchers are already making extensive use of open data and have a desire to share their own data with broad audiences. The interview also emphasized some of the challenges faced by researchers who want to make their data available as a services through interactive websites or APIs. A particular challenge is that whilst funders cover some of the costs associated with Research Data Management usually these don’t include funding after projects have finished to maintain ‘live’ data services. Supporting researchers in their efforts to present data in new and innovative ways is an area university support services may want to continue investigating.

Watch Martin’s 5-minute interview (opens a new window in Youtube).

Martin's interview

Love Data Week – Consumer Data Research Centre

By Daniel Van Strien, on 12 February 2018

This week is Love Data Week an international event ‘to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.’As part of Love Data Week we are publishing case studies that highlight the ways in which people are working with research data across UCL. Today we are highligting case studies from the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).

Consumer Data Research Centre

‘The CDRC is working with consumer-related organisations to open up their data resources; to our trusted researchers. This enables them to carry out important social and economic research.’ UCL is one of the partners in the CDRC. There will be a drop-in on Wednesday 14 February which will offer an oppertunity to learn more about the CDRC’s data.

The CDRC has a number of case studies involving UCL researchers:

Masters Research Dissertation Programme

The CDRC have just launched their Masters Programme:

‘A host of retailers, businesses and organisations have provided details of projects and are now inviting applications from potential Masters students to carry out research on a range of exciting topics.

The programme offers an excellent opportunity to work directly with an industrial partner and to link students’ research to important retail and ‘open data’ sources. The project titles are devised by retailers and are open to students from a wide range of disciplines. In previous years, we have worked with students from Geography (and GIS), Computer Science, Business Analytics, Economics and Statistics, but projects are by no means limited to these areas.

All students will be in with a chance to present their research at an academic conference (date tbc) with three projects selected to win prizes.’

You can find out more information and apply on the CDRC website.

Love Data Week – free Bloomsbury events: 12-16/02

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 February 2018

To celebrate the 3rd international Love Data Week, several Research Data Management teams from London universities have joined forces. More than 15 free events are taking place across Bloomsbury from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of February.

Most events are open to all UCL research staff and research students; here is an overview:

A full listing of events is available to share.

For any UCL-specific questions, please contact the UCL Research Data Support officers at lib-researchsupport@ucl.ac.uk.

 

Research Programming: next Technical Social event – 24/01, 4.30pm

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 11 January 2018

UCL 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.

RITSThe next Research Programming Technical Social event will take place on the 24th of January; it will focus on the Gamma project and its effort to make open data accessible and relevant to wide audience. Find more information and how to register.

The previous presentations of these monthly events are available on the website of the UCL Research Programming Hub.

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.

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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.  

Research Programming – next Technical Social event: 12 May

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 27 April 2016

The next Research Programming Technical Social event will take place on the 12th of May and will focus on open science & data-intensive research. Find more information and how to register.

The previous presentations of these monthly events organised by UCL Research IT Services are available on the website of the UCL Research Programming Hub.