Category Archives: Research Data Management

Discover a landscape of research data sources

Modern researchers need to have an up-to-date understanding of working with research data. This relates equally to the material they create themselves and that obtained from other sources. Academic institutions, funding bodies and even publishers are now expecting competence in these issues.

On Tuesday 7th November Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop to provide a grounding in the different ways quantitative and qualitative data is being made available to benefit researchers.  It will include an overview of macro and micro data sources available at the University of Oxford, including national data archives and specialist sources for business and economic data. It will also offer some pointers for further searching, introducing additional data services such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Eurostat, Researchfish and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative’s online interactive databank and global Multidimensional Poverty Index.  By the end of the session you will also have some insight into how your own future work could add to the process and become part of the research discourse.

Intended Audience: DPhil students and research staff (particularly in Social Sciences). This workshop will be most beneficial to those researchers planning to use secondary data sources (quantitative, qualitative and mixed) as part of their research or who wish to learn more about the potential of open data platforms and data archives.

Book now for Bodleian iSkills: Data sources for research – discovery, access & use
Tuesday 7th November 14.00-16.00

The Workshop is FREE, but online booking is essential.

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Careful management of your data is vital for the health of your research project and having a robust research data management plan is increasingly required by funders.

A good research data management plan will ensure that:

  • you create, collect, store, structure and use your data in the most effective way for your particular research needs
  • your data is safely backed up and preserved for the future
  • you can make your data available to others where appropriate (and when mandated by your funder)
  • sensitive and confidential data is kept securely

Although having an effective research data management plan is really important, it can be difficult to know where to start.     One option is to come along to the Bodleian Libraries iSkills workshops on research data management.   The next workshop in this series will take place on  Wednesday 17th May 10.00-11.30 and will introduce MANTRA, a free online learning course covering best practice in digital research data management.  During the workshop you will have an opportunity to start the tutorial with help at hand from the Bodleian Libraries’ Data Librarian and to ask him questions about managing data for your own research project.  This workshop is FREE, but online booking is required.

>Book a place on Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Managing Social Science research data

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should, where possible, be effectively stored, preserved and usable. Bodleian Libraries are running a workshop that introduces the University’s research data policy, outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers, and looks at some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements as well as services that are already available. This workshop is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.

Key topics to be covered:

  • Common dangers and pitfalls of digital data
  • Effective organisation of your data
  • Getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan
  • Data creation and funder requirements
  • Preserving data; embargoes and access restrictions
  • Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM)

Book online for this free workshop:

Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science research data (Tuesday 25 April 10.00-12.00)

Managing your research data – introducing good practice with MANTRA

Careful management of your data is vital for the health of your research project and having a robust research data management plan is increasingly required by funders.

A good research data management plan will ensure that:

  • you create, collect, store, structure and use your data in the most effective way for your particular research needs
  • your data is safely backed up and preserved for the future
  • you can make your data available to others where appropriate (and when mandated by your funder)
  • sensitive and confidential data is kept securely

Although having an effective research data management plan is really important, it can be difficult to know where to start.     One option is to come along to the Bodleian Libraries iSkills workshops on research data management.   The next workshop in this series will take place on  Tuesday 21 February 14.00-15.30 and will introduce MANTRA, an online learning course covering best practice in research data management.  During the workshop you will have an opportunity to start the tutorial with help at hand from the Bodleian Libraries’ Data Librarian and to ask him questions about managing data for your own research project.  >Book a place on Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Working with sensitive research data?

Do you work with sensitive, confidential or restricted data?  If so, come along to our Bodleian iSkills workshop ‘Working with sensitive research data’.

The workshop will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Tue 15 November 10:00-12:00)

Discovering and depositing research data in Social Sciences

Calling all researchers looking for statistical data (or creating their own data) in the Social Sciences. This Friday Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop looking at key data archives for tracking down statistical data to support your research and how to access and cite the data that you find.

In addition, we will talk about Oxford’s own data repository, ORA-Data where you can deposit any data that you generate as part of your own research.

The workshop will take place Friday 28 Ocotober 9.15-12.15 at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. Please be sure to book your place online.

Working with sensitive research data?

Do you work with sensitive, confidential or restricted data?  If so, why not come along to our Bodleian iSkills workshop ‘Working with sensitive research data’ this Friday 10th June, 10.00-12.00.

The workshop will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Fri 10 June 10:00-12:00)

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. We are running a workshop to introduce MANTRA and to look at how research data management forms an integral part of the research process. You will also have the opportunity to begin the online course. Aimed at postgraduates and researchers, this session will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA
(Wednesday 11th May 14:00-15:00)

Working with sensitive data?

Do you work with sensitive, confidential or restricted data?  If so, why not come along to our Bodleian iSkills workshop Working with sensitive research data next Thursday 3rd March 10.00-12.00.

The workshop will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online.