Published on January 30, 2014
Data management as a history research skill Chris Awre History and data manageemnt – necessary bedfellows? 12 December 2013
Research skills • Vitae – – – – – – – – – – Project planning Ethics Working collaboratively with others Presenting your research Publishing your research Establishing networks Intellectual property management Public engagement Leadership development Data management History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 2
SUDAMIH • The SUDAMIH project at the University of Oxford – Supporting Data Management Infrastructure for the Humanities • Identified that data management was ‘diverse and idiosyncratic’ – Little knowledge of support services – Little training • Analysis showed that training and support was most needed for – Project set-up – Data creation – Managing local and institutional storage, and the link between these – Documenting the data History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 3
Data management as a research skill • Two ways of approaching data management as a skill – As a researcher – As a curator • Neither approach can address the whole picture • Neither approach is the ‘right’ approach • It is most useful where these meet in the middle – Recognises that data management as a skill is one that benefits (requires?) working with others History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 4
Digital curation History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 5
Digital curation 101 • A series of generic training materials based around the Digital Curation Lifecycle model – http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/train-the-trainer/dc-101training-materials • Useful background and insights to a detailed analysis of the stages of digital curation – Non-subject specific – Can be very detailed, and aimed primarily at support services, e.g., Librarians, IT staff, etc. • Digital curation as a career path History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 6
DigCurV • A European initiative to explore vocational training curricula for digital curation – Recognising the need to train people to both carry out digital curation and develop it further – Recognises that some disciplines have the role of ‘data manager’, but that this role needs expanding • A range of generic resources that can be used – Includes Monopoly-style gameboard – Good for raising awareness of relevant issues and and and and associated skills to address them History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 7
Non-digital curation • Ironically, this does not have as high a profile as it maybe should – Focus on the ‘digital’ in this day and age – Recognition that non-digital curation skills are well established • Although often a niche area of activity still • The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre is an excellent place to get advice on managing non-digital data – E.g., documents, artefacts – http://www.bl.uk/blpac/index.html History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 8
Digital literacy • SCONUL seven pillars of digital literacy History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 9
Vitae RDF – Researcher Development Framework History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 10
RDF and data management • A1 – knowledgebase – Research methods, practical applications – Information literacy and management • C2 – Research management – Project management – Professional conduct – IPR management • D2 – Communication and dissemination – Open access • http://www.rdfplanner.net/ History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 11
UK Data Archive • National data centre for social sciences and humanities – Also houses what used to be called the History Data Service – http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/ • Lots of useful advice on creating and managing data – Also on working with them to archive the data • An excellent source of data to inform your own research where appropriate History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 12
History DMT • Recognises the existing initiatives • Seeking to build on these, and highlight specific aspects relevant to history research • Many areas of data management are subject-agnostic – Hence, non-history sources of advice and guidance can be helpful • History DMT as a route to developing you as researchers as part of an overall development framework History data management as a research skill | 12 December 2013 | 13
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