Comprehensive data management at UCL

Yesterday, ANDS hosted a webinar by Max Wilkinson, head of research data services at UCL – clicking on the link will take you to a pdf of my notes.

I have my own views on what a research data service might look like but I like Max Wilkinson’s take for a number of reasons:

  • it’s incremental – rather than enforcing the use of a service let it spread and be adopted gradually – this both gives the service time to grow, and avoids the inevitable problems when a one size fits all big bang approach fails to deliver
  • it leverages off existing competences – rather than build a whole new storage infrastructure it uses existing infrastructure to leverage the service – that way you don’t need to implement storage at the same time as a service
  • there’s an understanding that researchers need work in progress shared storage as well as archival storage, and providing the former lays the ground for moving data to archival storage
  • using a project based approach allows you to garner a sparse metadata record from day one – it also allow the tracking of a life cycle of the project
  • there’s an understanding that there’s a definite problem with data stored on legacy media but it’s a separate problem from managing born digital data .

All in all an excellent webinar – I’d recommend reviewing the video once it’s online

As always, my notes, my views, no one else.

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Former IT professional, previously a digital archiving and repository person, ex research psychologist, blogger, twitterer, and amateur classical medieval and nineteenth century historian ...
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