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  • Im not a scientist, I dont have any research data: Managing arts and humanities data

    Nicola Siminson and Julie Ramage, GSAJeremy Barraud, UAL

    Wednesday 30th November 2016


  • Ramage, Julie and Hards, Lorna (2016) Becoming Awesomestow - profiling investments in cultural assets and creative quarters in British towns and their impact on regeneration. Nesta, London.

    Ramage, Julie and Hards, Lorna (2015) Becoming Awesomestow - profiling investments in cultural assets and creative quarters in British towns and their impact on regeneration. The Glasgow School of Art - Reid Building, 11-26 April 2015 [Show/Exhibition]


  • So what are the challenges? I am not sure what constitutes research data What is data? I mean, I talk to you about my data as a researcher, but for the institution, what does it consider data? Would it be conference proceedings, would a performance be data even if it was not recorded, sometimes I dont record my performances

  • One definition"Anything which is used or created to generate new knowledge and interpretations. Anything may be objective or subjective; physical or emotional; persistent or ephemeral; personal or public; explicit or tacit; and is consciously or unconsciously referenced by the researcher at some point during the course of their research. Research data may or may not lead to a research output, which regardless of method of presentation, is a planned public statement of new knowledge or interpretation."

    Garrett, 2012:


  • Data management challengeResearch data in the arts is not so easily defined as in STEM subjects

    Researchers need to learn to identify and define what is data in their processes

    Researchers are not used to packaging and sharing data

    Management of highly diverse content and formats

    New and developing field no real best practice in place


  • Policy aimsTo ensure that staff involved in the research process are aware of their data-related responsibilities

    To ensure that the University meets its obligations with regard to research data management, as defined by research funders

    To make explicit the Universitys institutional commitment to good research data management practice

    The policy is supported by a set of procedures and institutional awareness raising and training activities


  • What were doing at UALUAL Data repository


    Data management planning

    Community of Practice

  • UAL Data RepositoryHolds UAL research data for all research projects where there is a need to store and share the supporting research

    Research Council-funded projects with a Data Management Plan

    Tested with existing, tricky data

  • ROCOCO projectFile formats - as open source as much as possible for wider access and preservation issues

    File sizes maintaining quality of digital files against file sizes

    Organisation - needs to be logical and cohesive, contextual

    Labelling of individual files

    Legal considerations: IP, copyright, Data Protection, release forms

  • Data management planningEstablished workflow as part of Data Management Policy

    Workflow covers, pre-award, post-award and post-project stages

    Bespoke support for each application

  • Community of PracticeIntroduction to data management

    Case studies

    Visiting institution: Glasgow School of Art

    Metadata discovery

    File formats

  • Future developmentsFurther repository enhancements to fit the needs of the researchers

    New methods of marking and visualising the data

    Developing best practice in the curation of data

    Educating practice-based researchers on the need to organise and share their data

  • What we are (and have been) doing at the GSAGSA RDM Policy and roadmap documentTraining and comm.ssessions for staff and research studentsone-to-one conversationsblog postsRDM pages on GSAs VLEGSA RDM Stakeholder Groupparticipation in projects (KAPTUR; VADS4R)


  • How do you get Art & Design researchers to engage with RDM, if there are few external drivers / sticks (e.g. very little RCUK funding)?


  • Sharing experiences and ideas for engaging with arts and humanities researchers?

  • Useful informationGSA RDM Policy: KAPTUR: and VADS4R: RADAR: RADAR blog: Contact details: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]