What is Data? Some responses from PGRs

We asked the question above of every student we interviewed when we were recruiting PGRs for our Follow the Data work strand. These are some of the responses – make of it what you will!

Collected data
Anything you’ve created rather than sources
Facts that are collected and stored for later analysis
Quantitative not qualitative
Could be anything
Information that’s collected
Quantitative and qualitative
Anything: Word docs, interviews, questionnaires, video, emails even
Raw materials that’s gathered – it could be your own or other people’s
It isn’t data that you generate yourself
Depends on the discipline
Optimisation results
Data generated for future analysis by conducting research
Online databases
Open to interpretation
Material you use, such as books
Material that’s already there
Raw data that’s produced
Data from books, video clips, photos from archives, mp3s, YouTube
My own performances
Primary texts
Sources: books, journals, articles, ebooks, YouTube, performances
What is created: annotated bibliographies, Word docs, web sites, diagrams, tables, Paint docs
Published data
Historical environment records
Unpublished data
Empirical data
Comparative legal data
Statistical analysis
Microscope images for analysis
My own published papers
Lab books
Audio visual
Technical manuals

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This post was written by Jill Evans on January 27, 2012


Follow us on Twitter!

We’ve just joined Twitter – you can find us @OpenExeterRDM so follow us for tweets about Open Access and RDM!

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on January 26, 2012

A Quick Hello

Just a quick note to say hello. I’m just starting my second week as Advocacy and Governance Officer and I’m very excited about the project. I’m trying to process lots of information as well as having initial meetings with the people I will be working with, who have all been very helpful. If you want to share experiences or approaches to advocacy at an institutional level or RDM policy development, please send me an email:

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on January 16, 2012

We’re now a complete team!

Open Exeter is now fully staffed having just recruited a new Advocacy and Governance Officer, Hannah Lloyd-Jones, and seconded a Technical Developer, Ian Wellaway, who currently works in the Learning and Teaching Systems Team at Exeter IT: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/divisions/exeterit/as/contactus/

Ian has already gained significant DSpace skills through the work he’s done on our research outputs repository, ERIC, so will be able to hit the ground running. We’re all delighted to have Ian on the team – as well as being one of the University’s DSpace experts he’s also a really nice guy and able to explain complicated technical issues clearly to non-techies like me. In a project which is all about engaging with people at all levels across the University, having a great communicator like Ian on board is a real asset.

Hannah has just returned to the UK after several years spent working in Chile as an Assistant Director of Research and Graduate Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. This was a new scheme that Hannah set up and established, a daunting task in any environment but particularly so in a different culture and language. She brings all that valuable experience of influencing, negotiating and advocating to the project – we were really lucky to find her.

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This post was written by Jill Evans on January 12, 2012

Project Poster

Here is our Poster we presented at the JISCMRD Programme Meeting at Nottingham. Apologies for taking so long to get it up!

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This post was written by Gareth Cole on January 3, 2012

Department for Business Innovation and Skills – Research Strategy and Open Access

I thought I would post a quick link to this BIS Strategy from December 2011. Section 6 reaffirms the government commitment to Open Access for publically funded research.


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This post was written by Gareth Cole on January 3, 2012