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Managing and Sharing Research Data

Managing and Sharing Research Data
A Guide to Good Practice

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March 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Research funders in the UK, USA and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize openness of data, transparency and accountability of the research they support. Written by experts from the UK Data Archive with over 20 years experience, this book gives post-graduate students, researchers and research support staff the data management skills required in today’s changing research environment.

The book features guidance on:
  • how to plan your research using a data management checklist
  • how to format and organize data
  • how to store and transfer data
  • research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • data strategies for collaborative research
  • how to publish and cite data
  • how to make use of other people’s research data, illustrated with six real-life case studies of data use.  
The importance of managing and sharing research data
The research data lifecycle
Research Data Management Planning
Documenting and Providing Context for Data
Formatting and organizing data
Storing and Transferring Data
Legal and ethical issues in sharing data
Rights Relating to Research Data
Collaborative Research: Data Management Strategies for Research Teams and Research Managers
Making Use of Other People's Research Data: Opportunities and Limitations
Publishing and Citing Research Data

The authors state: "This book contains up-to-date, easy-to-digest information about managing and sharing research data”. They are true to their word. The book is aimed at researchers at all levels, from novice Masters or PhD student to experienced professors or research group leaders; and for rapidly increasing group of research support staff. I belong to latter category after many years as a researcher. After having written an RDM policy at our institution I was asked, together with our RDM librarian, to work out workshops for PhD students and later for faculty. Although I found a lot of information through websites, conferences, the book was an excellent tool since it follows the logical steps of many data management plans. It provides to-the-point guidance, with extra exercises and real-life examples that are easy to transfer to a classroom. I particularly liked the no-nonsense approach vis-a-vis the objections many researchers may have towards sharing data or eventually Open Data, but also towards the sometimes simplistic call for Open Data. The authors point out the many issues involved in the latter and give insight in why opening up (all) data is not always a feasible option. At the same time they provide the practical ways in which the motto "as open as possible, as closed as necessary" can be put into practice.

Dr Hannelore Vanhaverbeke
Curriculum , Catholic University of Leuven
December 9, 2016

This book gives an outlook of data related activities any academic researcher. I find the book very helpful for student to get aware of how they manage, store, share and publish their work. The book is well structured and offers different perspectives on ICT-rich environmennt, data management tools planning, ethics and collaborative research and much more. I am very exited about this book and also the book offers a webpage for additional resources. I use this book throughout my courses and recommend it to my students

Mr Roland Hachmann
Education , Univerity of Southern Denmark
October 11, 2016

Does not match with the requirements of my new course on Research Organisation and Management, being developed for new PG students.

Professor Richard Howard McClatchey
Fac of Comp, Engineering & Math Sci's, University of The West of England
September 28, 2016

A readable text containing much useful information.
A good supplement to core texts and lectures.

Dr Adrian Hunnisett
Research, McTimoney College of Chiropractic
June 4, 2015

After reviewing this text I was unsure of its place in our current course so did not feel able to adopt it currently.

Mr Ian Michael McGonagle
Health , Lincoln University
May 12, 2015

I found this book is a useful reading, especially for researchers who are still adapting to new strategies and rules for data gathering in the digital world. Its contents are well organised and clearly exposed, and tables and figures are very helpful. Case studies and exercises designed for each topic are very useful as well as are references at the end of every chapter, leaving clues to further explore each subject. I found especially interesting chapters 7 and 8 insofar as they address crucial aspects, which have gained a renewed interest in the digital research environment, such as legal and ethic issues.

Miss Sandra Marinho
Communication Sciences, University of Minho
May 11, 2015

Clearly set out, very useful for our students.

Mrs Alicia James
Community Studies, Truro & Penwith College
March 30, 2015

an essential text for all researchers, accessible and interesting.

Dr Liane Purnell
Department of Education, Newman University
March 13, 2015

This is recommended for the MA Narrative & Interactive Arts at NTU in the school of Art and Design.

Ms Deborah Tuck
School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University
March 5, 2015

A really practical book, with some very valuable information about the legal framework.

Dr Bonnie Meekums
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
March 2, 2015

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Chapter Two: The Research Data Lifecycle

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Louise Corti

Louise Corti is an Associate Director at the UK Data Archive and is Service Director of Collections Development and Data Publishing, overseeing the acquisition and ingest of high quality data of interest to social scientists. Her research activities are focused around standards and technologies for reviewing, curating and presenting digital social science data, particularly using open source infrastructures and tools. She has led research awards and regularly publishes, edits and advises internationally on a wide range of issues relating to the archiving, sharing and reuse of data. In the 90s, Louise helped establish Qualidata, the world... More About Author

Veerle Van den Eynden

Veerle Van den Eynden manages the Research Data Management team for the UK Data Service. This team provides expertise, guidance and training on data management and data sharing to researchers, to promote good data practices and optimise data sharing. She combines this with a position as Research Data Manager for the Global Challenges project Drugs and (Dis)order at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Veerle has many years of experience researching interactions between people, plants and the environment, using a combination of social and natural science methods, and has experienced first-hand the benefits that data sharing brings to... More About Author

Libby Bishop

Libby Bishop is the Coordinator for International Data Infrastructures in the Data Archive at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences. She manages connections between GESIS and international data infrastructures, such as the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). She is leading a task in the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Science Cloud (SSHOC) project on remote access to sensitive data. She publishes on the methodological and ethical issues of sharing and reusing data. More About Author

Matthew Woollard

Matthew Woollard is Director of the UK Data Archive and the UK Data Service. He has practical and theoretical experience in all aspects of data service infrastructure, providing leadership in data curation, archiving and preservation activities. From 2002–2006 he was the Head of the History Data Service and from 2006–2010 an Associate Director and Head of Digital Preservation and Systems at the UK Data Archive. He currently provides leadership and strategic direction of the both the UK Data Archive and the ESRC-funded UK Data Service. More About Author

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