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Research Data Management

This  Introduction to the concept of data management for SDU  provides an insight into various aspects of data management. You will also find storage solutions and various tools.

 

A ‘Good Scientific Practice’ for data management is set by the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

 

The SDU Library offers Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses for Ph.D.-students, dealing with responsible handling and storage of data.  RCR courses aimed at VIP researchers are likewise underway.

 

The SDU  Faculty of Health offers dedicated Ph.D. courses on Data Management. For the upcoming 2017 RCR course aimed at Ph.D. students,  see: ’Data management plan and responsible handling of research data’ taught by Katrine Hass Rubin.

 

 

Data Management Plans

The Data Management Plan (DMP) is a useful tool for administering all aspects of your research data.  For some Funding Agencies, a DMP is already a mandatory part of your research application. 

  • DMPonline is a free DMP tool created by UK and US universities. It helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.   DMP templates for major research funders are included. 

 

Data Storage

When your research project is finished, you need to decide where to store your data for future use, either by yourself , your research team or for the research community in general. Long-term storage of research data should be in a permanent and reliable data repository.

  • OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories
  • DEIC (the Danish e-Infrastructure Coorporation) delivers computing, storage and network to research and research-based teaching.  It was established under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and is part of  the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.
  • The SDU eScience Center is a collaboration between SDU and the national DEIC Network, which hosts e.g. the SDU supercomputer ABACUS 2.0.
  • OPEN Analyse is a terminal-server solution for clinical data, where data is stored and processed securely on a server at the Regional IT. The OPEN research support unit offers a range of services, as well as courses and seminars on among other things data management and the use of Danish registries.

 

Open Science

Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional1.  Would you like to make your data Open? Maybe you have to! Many major journals such as Nature and Science now dictate that relevant data must be shared as part of the publishing process. Such precepts will appear from the Editorial Policy of each particular journal.

‘Early career researchers’ should keep an eye on these webpages OpenAIRE (Open Acess Infrastructure for Research in Europe) and FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research). Bootcamps on open access, open science (ie. the treatment of research data, open code) and FOSTER events focusing on the Horizon 2020 implementation of Open Science are advertised here.

 See also this poster regarding SDU and open science: ’SDU Library as an Open Science Partner’ by Asger Væring Larsen and Najmeh Shaghaei.  

 

1) The Wikipedia main article on Open Science, accessed August 17th, 2017.

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