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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.

The second event, ‘Open Research Data: Challenges and Prospects’, takes place on the 27th of November and will include contributions from four speakers. Further information and booking here.

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What is FAIR data?

By Daniel Van Strien, on 9 October 2017

The FAIR data principles aim to provide a framework to ensure that research data can be effectively reused. The principles are outlined below alongside recommendations for practically achieving these principles.

Why FAIR data? 

The FAIR Data Principles were developed by a FORCE11 group and originally published in Nature Scientific Data in 2016. The authors argue that ‘Good data management is not a goal in itself, but rather is the key conduit leading to knowledge discovery and innovation, and to subsequent data and knowledge integration and reuse by the community after the data publication process.’

What are the fair data principles?

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The Wellcome’s new policy on sharing research outputs

By Daniel Van Strien, on 27 July 2017

The Wellcome has recently announced an updated policy on sharing research outputs. This policy develops their existing policies on Open Access publishing and research data to emphasise the importance of sharing research software and other research outputs.  This forms part of the Wellcome’s broader promotion of Open Research practices.

You can find the announcement of the Wellcome’s new policy on their website. If you need support with writing an ‘Outputs Management Plan’ for the Wellcome or another funders further guidance is available.

 

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.

You can now watch the speakers’ presentations and download their slides.

Wanted! Short presentations on data sharing across borders

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 August 2016

The next Data Dialogue event will take place on Thursday 29th of September at the University of Oxford and will focus on research data sharing in an international context. We are looking for UCL Early Career Researchers to give short presentations on their experience of using and sharing data across borders.

The event is aimed at researchers in Science and Engineering in particular but will also interest other researchers. See more information on the event and keynote speakers. The deadline to send us an abstract (max. 300 words) is the 17th of August.

Registration to attend the event is also open.

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Free Research Data event for Early Career Researchers – 28 July, Cambridge

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 28 June 2016

UCL Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines are invited to attend the SES Data Dialogue events. On the 28th of July, participants will learn how to better approach research data sharing – including sensitive data -, how to gain access to restricted, secure or open data, and what types of data repositories are available.

This event takes place at the University of Cambridge and will enable Early Career Researchers to hear from key speakers from the UK’s leading Research Data centres and to join a discussion amongst peers with tangible experience in accessing, managing and sharing data.

Read the programme and register now.

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I intend to apply for a Wellcome Trust or CRUK grant, what should I know about data sharing?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 8 February 2016

WTpictureAll Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK grant holders like grant applicants should be aware of the charities’ research data policies. To clarify their requirements, our colleagues at the University of Cambridge have asked them questions related to data management and data sharing.

Their answers are summarised in two useful blog posts:CRUKpicture

Transfer of data overseas – News about the Safe Harbour Agreement

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 12 November 2015

The European Court of Justice has recently ruled that the European Commission (EC) decision on the use of the US Safe Harbour agreement for transferring personal data from the European Economic Area to the USA was invalid.

This decision will have implications for all those that regularly transfer identifiable information to companies or organisations based in the United States.

The immediate implication is that UCL cannot enter into any new agreements which involve the transfer of personal data to the United States that rely on Safe Harbour. Read more about this decision and implications for UCL researchers.