Introducing new support team members

Since mid-January, two new Research Data Service Assistants have joined the busy ‘virtual team’ working across divisions of Information Services to provide user support for RDM and Data Library enquiries and to quality assure DataShare submissions. You may have already come in contact with them, but a brief welcome is in order nonetheless.

Both new team members have a research background but surprisingly, from the same field and institution! Nevertheless they had not met until they arrived at our offices in Argyle House for their first day of work. Diarmuid joins us full-time, commuting daily from Glasgow, and Bob works half-time, taking advantage of a short walk from home.

mcdonnellDiarmuid McDonnell has taught a variety of research design, data management and analysis courses across a number of Scottish universities and levels. He is proficient in the use of Stata, SPSS and SAS for research and teaching purposes and is particularly experienced in the use of administrative data for social science research, which he used for his recently completed PhD thesis at Stirling University.

sandersBob Sanders recently completed his PhD at Stirling University looking at the relationship between dependency and care receipt in later life. He has extensive experience undertaking quantitative research, including the routine and advanced management and statistical analysis of large-scale longitudinal data. He is capable of conducting end-to-end data preparation, management and analysis using syntax-driven commands in Stata, with experience using other statistical software packages such as SPSS and Excel.

In addition to their repository and user support work for EDINA and Data Library, they have already made unique contributions to the service. Diarmuid has revised and taught our Data Handling in SPSS half-day workshop, as well as piloted an Introduction to Statistical Literacy workshop for Humanists. Bob has joined the Data Safe Haven development project, helping to work out operational processes and user documentation, as well as giving the online MANTRA course a thorough editing job.

Robin Rice
Data Librarian and Head, Research Data Support
EDINA and Data Library

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Aerial Digimap data: The mapping service where it’s always sunny

The latest Digimap addition is aerial photo images, covering the whole of Great Britain to 25cm precision. The University of Edinburgh has just subscribed to Aerial Digimap, so the great news is that staff and students can now access these wonderful images, overlay them onto other map layers, and combine them with building height and topology data to make amazing and beautiful three-dimensional maps of the whole of Britain.

Map created using Aerial Digimap

I’ve used Aerial Digimap to label the entrance to Argyle House, home of EDINA. © GetMapping and University of Edinburgh. This map contains OS data.

Digimap is a visual interface that allows users to explore, annotate and download mapping data covering the whole of Great Britain.* Digimap’s historical map data go back as far as the 1840s, while geological, marine and environmental data have been available for some time.

It’s strikingly sunny in the images of Edinburgh. The Digimap team confirmed this is a UK-wide phenomenon: “Aerial Photography can only be captured on clear days, so it’s always sunny in Aerial Roam!”

You can watch a guided tour of Aerial Digimap’s features and a demonstration of how to make the most of them by EDINA’s Ian Holmes in this recently recorded webinar: YouTube Preview Image .

To get started with Aerial Digimap, login with your EASE account at: http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/aerial

* For mapping data covering Northern Ireland, please see Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

 

Pauline Ward is a Research Data Service Assistant based at EDINA, supporting staff and students at the University of Edinburgh

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Data-X Symposium

Registrations have been coming in thick and fast for the Data-X Symposium to be held on 1 December, Main Lecture theatre, Edinburgh College of Art (programme below).

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab & ASCUS | Art & Science. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative data ‘installations’.

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-x-symposium-tickets-29076676121

Programme:

10.00 – 10.30: Registration & coffee

10.30 – 10.40: Welcome – Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager) & Introduction – Dr Martin Parker (Director of Outreach, Edinburgh College of Art)

10.40 – 11.20: Guest speaker: ASCUS & the ASCUS Lab: catalysts for Artiscience- Dr James Howie (Co-Founder, ASCUS)

Session 1 presentations: Chair – Dr. Rocio von Jungenfeld (School of Engineering & Arts, University of Kent)

· 11.20 – 11.35: PUROS Sound Box – Dr Sophia Banou, Dr Christos Kakalis (both School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art), Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 11.35 – 11.50: eTunes – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 11.50 – 12.05: Inside the black box -Luis Fernando Montaño (Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology) & Bohdan Mykhaylyk (School of Chemistry)

· 12.05 – 12.20: Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 12.20 – 12.30: Session 1. wrap-up

12.30 – 13.15: Lunch

Session 2 presentations: Chair – Martin Donnelly (Digital Curation Centre)

· 13.15 – 13.30: Elegy for Philippines Eagle – Oli Jan (Reid School of Music)

· 13.30 – 13.45: Feel the Heat: World Temperature Data Quilt – Nathalie Vladis (Centre for Integrative Physiology) & Julia Zaenker (School of Engineering)

· 13.45 – 14.00: o ire – Prof. Nick Fells (School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow)

· 14.00 – 14.15: Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiel (Queen’s Medical Research Institute) & Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 14.15 – 14.25: Session 2. wrap-up

14.25 – 15.05: Guest speaker: FUSION – where art meets neuroscience – Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neurioscience)

15.05 – 15.15: Closing remarks: Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager)

15.20: Close

Data-X is supported by: The Data Lab, ASCUS, Information Services

Stuart Macdonald
DATA-X Project Manager / Associate Data Librarian
EDINA

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Research Data Management (RDM) Forum

RDM Forum is a newly created platform to bring together both researchers and research & IT support staff from across the University whose role involves helping academics in managing their research data. The aim of the Forum is to share good practice, exchange experiences as well as discuss current and future challenges related to data curation, preservation and publishing. We hope that the Forum will allow its participants to learn from one another and gain a new perspective on some common issues.

The Forum takes the form of meetings as well as e-mail updates (done through the RDM Forum mailing list) and an online platform (SharePoint website) for sharing useful resources, engaging with each other and keeping up-to-date with recent developments in RDM.

The first meeting took place on 7th September 2016. There were 24 in attendance and participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves, ask questions, and provide their expectations and suggestions for future RDM Forum meetings, which have been summarised below:

  • Overcoming challenges:
    • Supporting academic engagement
    • Going beyond funder requirements
    • Engagement beyond training
    • Avoiding last-minute arrangements
    • Addressing concerns about data sharing and reuse
  • Finding solutions that will work
    • Early training
    • Establishing workflows for standard processes
    • Developing an Information Governance structure for data
    • Sharing real-life scenarios
  • Forum structure
    • Forming several user groups focused on specific aspects of RDM
    • Organising meetings around specific themes
    • Updates from Research Data Service team
    • Forum as a platform for training
    • Forum to meet every two months at different locations

The Forum is only open to the University of Edinburgh staff and postgraduate research students. If you are interested in joining the Forum mailing list you can do so at: https://mlist.is.ed.ac.uk/lists/info/rdm-forum
RDM Forum SharePoint website (access by request) is available at:
https://uoe.sharepoint.com/sites/rdmforum

Cuna Ekmekcioglu
Senior Research Data Officer

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