The Research Data Oxford and Open Access Oxford websites both provide University members with essential information and resources to help with publishing and managing research. We are currently undertaking projects to improve both these websites so that information is shown in a more user-friendly way and that the content on both sites is aligned with the needs of students, researchers, administrators and academics.
At this stage, we would particularly like to invite researchers and research support staff for their feedback on both websites. Participants will meet with an external consultant via videoconference. The usability testing does not involve technical questions, and it is not a test of your knowledge or skills: it is about understanding how the websites help (or hinder) researchers and research support staff in their work. It doesn’t matter if you have little or no experience of Open Access and/or research data management: it’s important to get feedback from people who are new to the topics as well as those with more expertise.
The aims of the tests are to:
- Understand what users want and what’s needed in order for them to meet Research Data Management/Open Access obligations
- Determine how well the websites fit into established workflows
- Consider and prioritise enhancements to the websites to improve the user experience
The user testing sessions will be recorded, and these recordings will be securely stored for a reasonable time by the Bodleian Libraries for future reference to support website improvements.
When is this happening?
There are two rounds of user testing:
- 1st round in September 2023
- 2nd round in November 2023
You will be needed for one round of user testing only – i.e. September OR November, at a time convenient for you. The testing session will take a maximum of 90 minutes to cover both websites.
If you are interested in participating, please email Tony Langley.
UPDATE: All presentations from 2020 Vision are online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision
On the afternoon of the 21st of April the Radcliffe Science Library will be running an informal workshop at Keble College to update graduate students and researchers about Open-Access polices.
- Do you know how HEFCE rules for the 2020 Ref are changing and how these will affect you?
- Are you familiar with RCUK, Wellcome and other funder’s policies on Open Access?
- Have you heard about the tools available at Oxford to help you comply with new Open Access regulations?
- Do you know about services such as arXiv, PubMed Central and Zenodo and how they can help archive your research data and publications to meet funder requirements?
If your answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ then you should book yourself a place! You’ll find out the answers to the questions above and have the opportunity to quiz invited representatives from organisations closely involved in Open Access policy creation and implementation.
A full programme for the workshop can be found here – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision
You can book a place on-line here – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-vision-making-your-research-output-compliant-registration-15830858524
This event is being sponsored by the FOSTER Programme (www.fosteropenscience.eu/project/)
Scientific research projects are underpinned by data built up during the project or collected together from previous research. In many cases this data will provide the evidence for the conclusions drawn from the project and will form the basis of theses and scientific papers. But what happens to all this data when the thesis has been submitted or the paper published? Would other researchers benefit from being able to access the data you have collected? How will the data be stored safely for the future?
Questions such as these have become increasingly important for researchers as funders increasingly expect investigators to submit detailed data management plans with funding applications. Other funders are placing more requirements on researchers to ensure that their data is preserved and properly described for future reuse and sharing.
Good research data management will help you organise the data you are creating in your project and help you with practical activities such as backing up data securely, handling licensing or ethical issues that arise with the data you are collecting and arranging the long-term archiving of your data in a suitable repository.
Oxford University is providing information, training and infrastructure to ensure that researchers can plan their data management activities and ensure that data is accessible during and after your project. An updated and improved Research Data Management website has been created which you can use to –
- Learn about data management
- Locate useful tools and guides for different data management tasks
- Find training courses on data managment
- Contact the Research Data Management support team with any questions
You can visit the new site here – http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/
Research data management services and information at Oxford University are being provided through a collaboration of IT Services, Research Services and the Bodleian Libraries.