Beyond Compliance in Data Management: Best Practices and Ideas for increasing Reuse

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18 January 2016 3509 reads
Date: March 3, 2016 -- 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Conference Room 4
Co-organised by: ANDS, DataCite and Elsevier
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The RDA has become a crucial organization in the field of research data because of its role in enabling the community to define standards and develop tools for research data sharing. For researchers and institutes to maximally benefit from all these developments, it is important that good, easy data management becomes an integral part of the research process and starts even before datasets are being acquired.

The proposed workshop will therefore focus on early stage research data management and how to move from just compliance to good quality research data and metadata that is sharable and reusable. The aim is to discuss with librarians, research managers and researchers what institutes can do to ensure optimal data management and value in research projects. The focus will not just be on how to store data and make data openly accessible, but on how to make data comprehensible and trusted, so that other researchers will be able to reuse the data and give researchers the credit they deserve. The outcome of this workshop will be an overview of the tools necessary to implement data management plans in research and the characteristics of reusable data. These outcomes can form the input for a future RDA working group on the early stages of research data management.

Preliminary Program:


14.00-14.05         Introductions                                                                                    Satoru Ohtake, JST
14.05-14.25         “Data Management Plans”                                                           Helen Glaves, British Geological Survey
14.25-14.45         “From DMPs to effective research data”                                  Joe Shell, Elsevier
14.45-15.10         “Providing the right metadata”                                                   Martin Fenner, DataCite
15.10-15.35         “Implementing RDM in Australia”                                              Adrian Burton, ANDS
15.35-15.45         “Good RDM practice becomes ‘Business as Usual”               Fiona Murphy, Murphy Mitchell Consulting

15:45-16:00         break

16.00-17.00         Round table & Discussion:                                               Moderator: Helena Cousijn, Elsevier

What is needed to move beyond compliance and make data truly reusable?



Satoru Ohtake, Senior Executive Director, JST (JP)

Satoru Ohtake joined the science and technology administration in the Government of Japan in 1984, just after graduating the Graduate School of University of Tokyo where he was conferred Master Degree of Science in high energy physics. In his public service career in science administrations, he engaged in policy planning and R&D management; establishment of Government’s Science and Technology Basic Plans (in 1996, 2001 and 2011), establishing and running research programs and projects in photonics and mathematical science; as well as engaging in the International Human Frontier Science Program in the HFSP Organization in Strasbourg in France between 1990 and 1992.

In the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), he manages international affairs; diversity and inclusion; science and technology information exchange and dissemination; and science communication programs. He has also been charged with overall management of JST as a deputy to the president from 2013.



Helena Cousijn, Product Manager Research Data, Elsevier (NL)

Helena Cousijn obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford where she developed a strong interest in research data. Having worked on several data-related projects at the Netherlands Brain Bank and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, she now develops research data management solutions as Product Manager for Research Data at Elsevier. Her goal is to work with researchers and institutes to find solutions that will make it easier to store, share, discover, and reuse data.



Helen Glaves, Senior Data Scientist, British Geological Survey (UK)

Helen Glaves is the Senior Data Scientist at the British Geological Survey and coordinator of the international Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP/ODIP II) projects that are promoting and supporting the development of a common global framework for marine data management. Helen is also currently involved with a number of other national and international initiatives directly related to the sharing, re-use and preservation of earth science data. She is co-chair of the RDA Active Data Management Plans and Marine Data Harmonisation interest groups.



Joe Shell, Head of Research Data Management, Mendeley (UK)

Joe Shell is part of the Product team at Mendeley and Elsevier, recently delivering the Mendeley Data repository. He is passionate about making significant data accessible, meaningful and reusable - an enthusiasm conveyed by his talks and products. Throughout his 7+ years in Agile Product Management Joe was the Product Manager for delivering search, social and the journal "Scientific Data" whilst working at Nature Publishing Group.



Martin Fenner, Technical Director, DataCite (DE)

Martin Fenner is the DataCite Technical Director and manages the technical architecture for DataCite as well as DataCite’s technical contributions for the EU-funded THOR project. From 2012 to 2015 he was technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project. He served on the Board of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative from 2010-2012, and worked for ORCID EU in the EC-funded ODIN project from 2012 to 2013. Martin has a medical degree from the Free University of Berlin and is a Board-certified medical oncologist.



Adrian Burton, Director, Australian National Data Service (ANDS), (AU)

Adrian Burton is a Director at the Australian National Data Services (ANDS). In this capacity he has a keen interest in national services that enable data publication, data discovery and data citation as well as the human support services that build the capability of researchers and research organisations to take advantage of data infrastructure. Adrian has provided strategic input into several national infrastructure initiatives, including Towards an Australian Research Data Commons, The National eResearch Architecture Taskforce, and the Australian Research Data Infrastructure Committee. Adrian is active in building national policy frameworks to unlock the value in the research data outputs of publicly funded research.  Before being involved in research infrastructure Dr. Burton taught South Asian Linguistics and conducted research at the Australian National University and was responsible for liaison between academic staff and central information and technology services.



Fiona Murphy, Senior Associate, Murphy Mitchell Consulting (UK)

Fiona Murphy specializes in emerging scholarly communications (including Open Science and Open Data) and works to raise expertise and activity levels across the wider research and publications communities. She has written and presented extensively on the research landscape, data and publishing. She is Co-Chair of the World Data System—Research Data Alliance Publishing Data Workflows Working Group, Project Manager for Giving Researchers Credit for their Data and an Editorial Board Member of the Data Science Journal.