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RDMRose - Research Data Management Case Studies

By The University of Sheffield

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Managing Research Data is a growing concern for universities. But we don’t know enough about how data is created, used and shared in different disciplines. This collection contains four case studies of research projects showing some of the ways researchers think about data and manage it. They are part of the RDMRose teaching materials, a Jisc-funded project that ran between 2012 and 2013. You can find a link to related learning materials on the videos. The first case study is in Civil and Structural Engineering; it involves an international project that brings together 30 research field sites in order to study the production and degradation of soil. The second case study is in Electronic and Electrical Engineering; it focuses on antenna design and optimisation in relation to mobile phone technologies. The last two case studies are about longitudinal research and re-using large datasets that have been collected over a long period of time: quantitative research in psychology, and qualitative research in sociology. Each case study consists of an interview with a researcher. In the interview the researcher describes their project, their research data management issues, how they resolved these issues, how they handled metadata, and what they think of open data. Each case study has a short introduction, followed by two extracts from the interview. A transcript is provided for each case study. The case studies can be used to help those who support research understand researchers’ needs better.