Managing all the valuable research objects that do not easily sit in a specialized repository

When: Tuesday, May 5th, 11 am – 12 pm EDT / 4 pm – 5 pm BST

Hashtag: #DSwebinar

Managing all the outputs of the research process at your institution opens up many opportunities for data sharing and reuse. The emergence of open data, and increasing mandates from funders and policymakers to make it so, is driving tremendous interest in establishing infrastructures that allow researchers to control research objects and data on their terms, while affording benefits to the institution in terms of curation and retention, and visibility of research outputs.

The Digital Curation Center in the United Kingdom has already built up a wealth of experience in helping UK institutions meet the expectations of funders such as the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The DCC helps institutions’ support professionals to deliver assistance at key points in the research cycle. This includes a range of guidance on, for example, benchmarking and costing the service, data management planning, selecting research data for deposition and describing data for citation purposes.

Angus Whyte, Senior Institutional Support Officer, will join us from the DCC to share pragmatic insights into how university administrators and support professionals can prepare to offer data management support to researchers. Angus will describe the DCC’s experience in helping UK institutions meet funder expectations, and helping support professionals to meet research expectations. This includes a range of guidance on benchmarking and costing the service, and on delivering help at key points in the research cycle; Data Management Planning, selecting research data for deposition,  and describing it for citation purposes.

Mark Hahnel, the founder of Figshare will join Angus on the panel. Mark will discuss how some UK institutions have responded to funder mandates for open data, by putting a cloud-based open repository in place with control functionality such as publication embargoes and approval steps. Mark will also discuss the progress that has been made in Australia and New Zealand with research object management. He will speak to the many opportunities US institutions have to maximise the value of all of their research objects, by responding positively to directives from funders such as the NIH, NSF and OSTP amongst others to make data openly available.

Jon Tennant will offer a researcher’s perspective on the challenges surrounding managing and showcasing research data that is relatively small in size and in common formats.  Jon is currently completing his PhD in palaeontology at Imperial College London looking at the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary to see if there’s a ‘hidden’ mass extinction, and looking at some of the ecological and evolutionary dynamics over this boundary. Jon will discuss some of the benefits of open data at the level of a researcher, as well as the importance and potential pitfalls of community-driven open data initiatives.

Host: Laura Wheeler

Laura Wheeler is the Community Manager and Blog Editor for Digital Science. Having joined the team in 2013, Laura is tasked with growing the  online presence of Digital Science. She is always busy helping to build online communities around our portfolio businesses and products.


Moderator & questionnaire: Dan Valen

dan vDan, Figshare Product Specialist, is an expert in everything STM publishing and brings a wealth of experience to Figshare. Dan’s love of technology, innovation and fixing the broken meant a career in science was his destiny.



About the presenters

Angus Whyte

Angus Whyte joined DCC in 2007 to investigate researchers’ data practices and support their requirements for data management and curation. He has a research background in developing and evaluating systems for collaboration and participation, in senior research positions at Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University College. He gained his PhD in Information Science from University of Strathclyde in 1998.

Mark Hahnel

Mark founded Figshare straight out of academia, having just completed his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. He previously studied genetics in both Newcastle and Leeds. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize research. Set for its first implementations in May 2015, Figshare for institutions is an application service for the management of research objects produced by researchers within the institution.

Jon Tennant

Although primarily a geologist, Jon took the daring leap to Life Sciences to develop a multi-disciplinary background to pursuing a career in Palaeontology research. This has successfully led him to a PhD position (beginning October 2012) in vertebrate macroevolution during the Mesozoic, focusing specifically on dynamics over the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.