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The project is a partnership between Information Services, the Institute of Academic Development, and three Graduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. Online learning materials in research data management will be created which are grounded in the best practice of the respective disciplines, provide examples based on video interviews of senior researchers, and provide interactive components for postgraduate students, including data handling exercises in four software analysis packages. The resulting materials will be ported into a University VLE for use by all postgraduate and early career researchers and deposited with an open license in JorumOpen.

Research Data MANTRA

Overview

The project is a partnership between Information Services, the Institute of Academic Development, and three Graduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. Online learning materials in research data management will be created which are grounded in the best practice of the respective disciplines, provide examples based on video interviews of senior researchers, and provide interactive components for postgraduate students, including data handling exercises in four software analysis packages. The resulting materials will be ported into a University VLE for use by all postgraduate and early career researchers and deposited with an open license in JorumOpen.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the project is to develop a structured programme of online resources that can be customised and repurposed for use in different disciplines as well as an on-demand resource open to all University postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Summary objectives:

1.         Develop a set of engaging web-based chapters

  1. Create professionally produced short video narratives about data management as practiced by academics in the field
  2. Develop a set of software-specific data handling exercises – in SPSS, NVivo, ArcGIS, and R
  3. Port the produced materials to the WebCT courses and deposit open standard files into JorumOpen.

Project Methodology

The project manager will ensure timely delivery of the course, act as liaison to stakeholders and maintain the project website. She will commission the software modules, identify the video interviewees and arrange for the video podcasts to be conducted. The editor/writer will help the project manager to conduct the needs assessment with the participating schools, design the course, gather and evaluate external resources, and then will write/repurpose the content along with the second writer. She will work with students in the three target schools on user testing. She will port the files to the WebCT courses and deposit into JorumOpen.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  1. Online learning materials in research data management will be created which are grounded in the best practice of the respective disciplines.
  2. Examples based on video interviews of senior researchers.
  3. Interactive components for postgraduate students, including data handling exercises in four software analysis packages (SPSS, NVivo, ArcGIS, R).
  4. A Creative Commons license will allow re-use and re-purposing with attribution, and be made portable in open standard formats and deposited in JorumOpen.
  5. Evaluation report.
  6. Presentations and reports to be delivered at specific conferences, workshops, and meetings during 2010/11.
  7. Final and completion reports to JISC.

Technology and Standards Used

HTML with CSS, JPEG, RSS, Video clip format TBD, PDF

 

 


Project Staff

Project Manager

Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh, EDINA and Data Library, 0131 651 1431, 0131 650 3308 (fax), R.Rice@ed.ac.uk

Project Team

Cuna Ekmekcioglu, University of Edinburgh, Information Services, 0131 650 5108, 0131 650 3308 (fax), Cuna.Ekmekcioglu@ed.ac.uk

Stuart Macdonald, University of Edinburgh, EDINA and Data Library, 0131 650 3304, 0131 650 3308 (fax), Stuart.Macdonald@ed.ac.uk

 


Summary
Start date
1 August 2010
End date
31 July 2011
Funding programme
Managing Research Data (JISCMRD)
Strand
Research data management training materials (RDMTrain)
Project website
Lead institutions
University of Edinburgh