Research Data Management review – your views needed

As I hope historians are aware of, support is available to researchers for managing the organisation and storage of research data. This could include interview transcripts or audio files for oral history, digital photographs, sketches or diaries in digital form. More information about Research Data Oxford is at

The University is now conducting a review into its current Research Data Management (RDM) services and solutions. The review aims to ensure that the we are ready for the challenges of the future and we can meet the evolving needs of our academics, researchers and students. In the context of this review, we would like to understand your views on several RDM-related matters, including services and support currently provided by the University and the extent to which these are fit for purpose.

Your inputs will be key to informing further developments and investment in research data management and infrastructure at the University.

Please share your thoughts via this online survey which will be open until 20 March 2020.

The survey should take between 10 and 20 minutes of your time.

Do you produce data as part of your research?

In response to the increased importance of accessible research data, the University of Oxford is currently enhancing its data management and archiving services. The end of this year will see the launch of ORA-Data, an important part of this process which will deal with archiving data from completed projects.

In light of these developments, and in order to ensure that they best suit the needs of the research community, a survey is currently being conducted with the aim of finding out more about the types, varieties and volume of data being created during research. Gathering feedback will help ensure that future researchers have access to the most useful and appropriate tools, and readers are encouraged to take part by visiting the following link before Monday 26th May:

For further information on the aims and objectives of the of survey, please see the poster below.

Research Data Management Survey Poster

Reading rooms survey this Wed 8 May

seatsIn order to provide a better service, we would like to know who uses the seats in the Bodleian Library.

Here’s how you can help if you use the Old Bodleian Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link, on Wednesday 8th May:

Tell us what time you arrived at the desks in the libraries using the sheets on the desk

Fill in a brief survey
Paper survey forms will be available at all desks.  The survey ask respondents what type of library user they are (e.g. undergraduate, academic, external reader) and if they are a member of the University which subject and college they are affiliated with.  Readers are also invited to comment on the provision of seating in the reading room they are using.

If you have more detailed feedback that you would like to share at any time, please email

The findings of the survey will be shared with library users.

Bodleian Libraries Reader Survey 2012 now open

The 2012 Bodleian Libraries Reader Survey will run online from 29th October to 16th November 2012. Understanding your expectations better will help us tailor our services to your needs. This is an opportunity to make suggestions about how the library service can be improved.

The survey is open to all members of the Bodleian Libraries. The survey should take about five or six minutes to complete. When assessing services, please base it on the library you use most frequently.

Your responses are confidential. We intend to make the survey results available via the Bodleian Libraries Webpages.

Access the survey here:

More about the survey:

Enquiries about the survey:


First year undergrads: help the libraries and earn a £10 Amazon voucher

Oxford University libraries are investigating ways in which we can improve library inductions for first year undergraduates and help new students to get to grips with Oxford Libraries quickly and easily.  As part of this project we are seeking feedback from first year undergraduates about your experiences of Oxford Libraries at the start or your studies.

We are currently looking for volunteers to attend focus groups during week 8 of Trinity Term.  These focus group will last around an hour and each attendee will receive a £10 Amazon voucher as a thank you for your participation.

To participate please note that you must be a first year undergraduate and able to attend on at least one of the dates given below.

  • Week 8, Monday, 11th of June – 11 – 12 am
  • Week 8, Tuesday, 12th of June – 11 – 12 am
  • Week 8, Thursday, 14th June – 11 – 12 am

If you would like to participate in a focus group, please e-mail  with the following details.


Year of Study:


Availability on the dates given above:

Contact phone number:

If you choose to volunteer and are selected you will be contacted within a few days to confirm your attendance.