The Holistic Librarian is Back!

After a short break, we are pleased to announce that our Holistic Librarian pilot training project is back! We have divided up the tasks amongst the whole Exeter-based Subject Librarian team in order to get wider feedback on the usefulness of this approach to training. Our initial list of 23 Things has now become 23+1 Things and we will be linking to the individual blog posts from the Subject Librarians from this blog as the tasks will not be completed in any particular order!

The 23+1 Things for Research Data Management are as follows:

1. What is research data?

2. A researcher asks if she can put video footage of children on the Exeter Data Archive. How would you respond?

3. A researcher wants to publish an article and the data that backs up their conclusions on Open Access. What options does the researcher have?

4. If a researcher came to you asking how they could share their research data with somebody external to the University what would you recommend?

5. What is our institutional policy on OA and RDM and how does it compare to other institutions’ policies? Are there any other institutional policies that affect research data management?

6. Where can a University of Exeter researcher store her live research data?

7. If a researcher asked you how to cite a data set, which resources could you point him to?

8. A researcher asks you about her funder requirements on research data. Where you could find out this information?

9. What is the importance of documenting research data and metadata? Where can you find useful information on data documentation and metadata?

10. A researcher has used a secondary data set in their research. In which circumstances would she be able to put this on Open Access?

11. What advice could you give to a researcher about backing-up his research data?

12. What evidence can you cite that research made available on Open Access has more impact than research that is not available on Open Access?

13. A post-doctoral researcher is leaving the University and the research that she has undertaken is part of a larger research project. What advice would give her so that the research is usable by the other members of the research group?

14. A researcher asks if his research data can count as a research output for the REF. How would you find out?

15. What advice could you give a researcher about naming and organising files and folders? How would you find out this information?

16. A researcher receives a Freedom of Information request about research data. How should he proceed and what should he consider when responding to the request?

17. What types of information does the Data Protection Act cover? In which ways should this data be treated differently from non-sensitive data?

18. Which factors could affect the Intellectual Property Rights of a dataset? Where can you find guidance on this?

19. A researcher is working with a commercial partner on a research project. In which circumstances could the researcher make the research data from this project available on Open Access?

20. A researcher wants to archive sensitive research data securely for long-term preservation. What options does she have?

21. Which criteria could a researcher use to select which research data he needs to preserve in the long-term?

22. What advice would you offer a researcher in order for their research data to be discoverable and visible on the internet?

23. What is the importance of licensing research data? Where can you find out more about licensing research data?

23 +1. Where could a researcher go to get help writing a data management plan?


We asked the Subject Librarians to answer the following questions in their responses:

1. What did you know about the topic before the task?

2. What do you know about the topic now?

3. How did you obtain this knowledge?

4. What else would you like to know about the topic?

5. How did you find this task? How would you improve it?


Check back to see more responses soon!

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on November 30, 2012

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