Managing and Sharing Research Data handbook

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"Practical guidance for anyone working with research data"

Welcome to the companion page for the handbook on Managing and Sharing Research Data: a Guide to Good Practice by Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop and Matthew Woollard.

Researchers have new responsibilities towards their research data. Research funders in the UK, USA and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximise openness of data, transparency and accountability of the research they support. Journal publishers increasingly require submission of research data that underpin peer-reviewed publications.

Written by experts from the UK Data Archive with over 20 years experience, this book gives postgraduate students, researchers and research support and management staff the data management and sharing skills needed in today’s changing research environment.

In this book there is guidance on:

  • how to plan data management and data sharing for your research
  • how to document and describe content for data
  • how to format and organise research data
  • how to store and transfer data
  • research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • data strategies for collaborative research
  • how to publish and cite research data 
  • opportunities and limitations in using other people's research data, illustrated with real-life data reuse cases

Illustrated with exercises and discussions to test your understanding and develop your skills, and numerous real case studies, this book is essential reading for anyone undertaking, managing or supporting research in the wider social and economic sciences.

Below are links to online resources such as additional exercises, key templates and data collections used in the book.

Chapter 1

Presentation: Benefits of managing and sharing your data

Chapter 2 The research data lifecycle

Data collection: Mort, M. (2006)
Health and Social Consequences of the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria, 2001-2003 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], November 2006. SN: 5407, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5407-1

Chapter 3 Research data management planning

Template: UK Data Service (2013).
Data management checklist. UK Data Archive, University of Essex 

Template: UK Data Service (2013a)
Data management costing tool. UK Data Archive, University of Essex

Presentation: Writing and effecting data management plans

Chapter 4 Documenting and providing context for data

Guide: UK Data Archive (2006)
Searching and sharing qualitative data: the uses of XML. UK Data Archive.  

Tool: UK Data Archive (2013)
Our HASSET thesaurus. UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Presentation: Documenting and contextualising your data

Chapter 5 Formatting and organizing data

Guide: UK Data Archive (2010)
Our quality control. UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Guide: UK Data Archive (2012)
File formats table. UK Data Service, University of Essex.

Template: UK Data Archive (2013)
Model transcription template. UK Data Archive, University of Essex. 

Presentation: Formatting and organising research data

Chapter 6 Storing and transferring data

Exercise 6.4 Checking data integrity with checksums
Checksum exercise. UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Exercise 6.5 Encrypting data
Encryption exercise.UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Guide: UK Data Archive (2011)
Preservation policy. UK Data Archive, University of Essex. 

Guide: UK Data Archive (2012)
Microdata Handling and Security. Guide to Good Practice. UK Data Archive, University of Essex. 

Guide: UK Data Archive (2013)
UK Data Archive Public Key. UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Presentation: Storing and securing your data

Chaper 7 legal and ethical issues in sharing data

Data collection: Mort, M. (2006)
Health and Social Consequences of the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria, 2001-2003 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], November 2006. SN: 5407, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5407-1

Guide: UK Data Service (2014)
Access Secure Lab. UK Data Service, University of Essex.
(was UK Data Service (2013) Join us: Secure access)

Template: UK Data Service (2013a)
Examples of consent forms. UK Data Service, University of Essex. 

Guide: UK Data Service (2013b)
Code of Practice. Secure Data Service members. UK Data Service, University of Essex. 

Data collection: University of Essex, Institute for Social and Economic Research and NatCen Social Research (2013)
Understanding Society: Waves 1-2, 2009-2011 [computer file]. 4th Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], January 2013. SN: 6614, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6614-4

Data collection: Winters, K. (2007)
Qualitative Election Study of Britain, 2010 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], February 2012. SN: 6861, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6861-2

Presentation: Ethical and legal issues in data sharing - an overview

Presentation: Anonymisation and access regulation

Presentation: Informed consent

Chapter 8 Rights relating to research data

Guide: UK Data Service (2013)
Help with the licence agreement. UK Data Service, University of Essex.

Presentation: Rights relating to research data and using existing research data

Chapter 9 Collaborative research: data management strategies for research teams and research managers

Template: UK Data Service (2011)
Data Collection Inventory. UK Data Service, University of Essex. 

Chapter 10 Making use of other people’s research data: opportunities and limitations

Data collection: Centre for Longitudinal Studies (2010a)
Millennium Cohort Study: First Survey, 2001-2003 [computer file]. 9th Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], April 2010. SN: 4683, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-4683-1

Data collection: Centre for Longitudinal Studies (2010b)
Millennium Cohort Study: Second Survey, 2003-2005 [computer file]. 6th Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], April 2010. SN: 5350, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5350-1

Data collection: Centre for Longitudinal Studies (2010c)
Millennium Cohort Study: Third Survey, 2006 [computer file]. 4th Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], April 2010. SN: 5795, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5795-1

Case study: Crescenzi, R. and Gagliardi, L (2012)
Business innovation and the moving workforce. UK Data Service Case Study. UK Data Service, University of Essex. 

Data collection: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Office for National Statistics (2011)
UK Innovation Survey, 1996-2008: Secure Data Service Access [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], July 2011. SN: 6699, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6699-1

Case study: Felstead, A. and Green, F. (2012)
Changing patterns in the quality of work. UK Data Service Case Study. UK Data Service, University of Essex.

Case study: Haynes, Jo (2010)
Getting students to do data analysis in a 12-week unit. UK Data Service Case study. UK Data Service, University of Essex

Data collection: Home Office, National Centre for Social Research and BMRB Social Research (2008)
Offending, Crime and Justice Survey, 2006 [computer file]. 2nd Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], December 2008. SN: 6000, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6000-1

Data collection: Huby, M. (2010)
Social and Environmental Inequalities in Rural England, 2004-2009 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], July 2010. SN: 6447, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6447-1

Data collection: Short, F. (2007)
Domestic Cooking and Cooking Skills in Late Twentieth Century England, 1996-1997 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], August 2007. SN: 5663, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5663-1

Data collection: Thompson, P. and Lummis, T. (2009)
Family Life and Work Experience Before 1918, 1870-1973 [computer file]. 7th Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], May 2009. SN: 2000, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-2000-1

Data collection: Townsend, P. (2011)
Last Refuge, 1958-1959 [computer file]. 2nd Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], August 2011. SN: 4750, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-4750-1

Case study: UK Data Service (2013)
Case studies of reuse. UK Data Service, University of Essex.

Tool: UK Data Service (2013a)
Discover. Data catalogue. UK Data Service, University of Essex.

Chapter 11

Presentation: Publishing and citing research data

 

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