Research Data Management at the social science coalface

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07 February 2014 1441 reads

Research Data Management at the social science coalface: Introducing guidance and learning materials aimed at researchers and support staff

TUESDAY 25TH MARCH - 16:00-18:00

Louise Corti and Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Archive, University of Essex

In this session we will showcase our easy-to-digest new best practice guidance for managing and sharing research data, aimed at social scientists and related disciplines. Our work has been adopted by Sage Publications as the first practical text book on this topic. Our book, Managing and sharing research data: a guide to good practice, due out in spring 2014, is aimed at researchers at all levels, from the novice PhD student to the experienced professor or research group leader. For the junior researcher the material helps to provide building blocks on data management for a solid research knowledge base. For the experienced researcher the information can help plug some of the gaps in current knowledge; can refresh and update their knowledge in areas of rapid technological changes or in changes in legislation relating to the governance of research data or the ethics of research. It can also help reassure professional researchers that their practices are consistent with best practices.

While this book has been written with the social science researcher in mind, many of the issues and practical strategies we set out are applicable more widely to any researcher creating or working with data. The book is also aimed at the rapidly increasing group of research support staff, both in academic institutions and government departments, tasked with aspects of managing and sharing data, be it research grant and research governance, ethical review, IT services, library support or repository management.

Research scenarios, exercises and quizes throughout the book are intended to help consolidate knowledge and will enable the reader to feel more confident in putting the skills into practice in a real-life research environment.


UK Data Archive, University of Essex

Louise Corti, corti [at]
Veerle van den Eynden, Veerle van den Eynden [at]