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How and where can students find data to re-use in a research project?

This guide will aim to provide some useful advice for students on finding data to re-use during their research projects. Data Resources Online You may want to start by using UCL Explore to search for research studies based on secondary datasets. From there, you can consult the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org) – a […]

How should I use social media as a research source?

The rapid growth of social media has inevitably led to a wealth of data into all aspects of our everyday lives. At the same time, this has been accompanied by concerns about how we use data harvested from social media sources. There is already a growing literature out there on the ethical implications of using […]

UCL Bibliometrics Town Hall

Developing a policy for metrics at UCL UCL has been developing a set of principles on the responsible use of bibliometrics and other ways to measure research. This builds on UCL’s signing of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment in 2015; responsible evaluation practices in the 2017 UCL Academic Careers Framework; and UCL’s commitment […]

Up and Coming Events

We are pleased to announce the following workshops and events taking place in the up and coming weeks. Knowledge Quarter Codes Technical Social – 21 November 2018 The popular UCL Research Programming Technical Socials are now expanding under the name ‘Knowledge Quarter Codes’ in order to welcome participation from academic and industrial organisations across the […]

How to Share your FAIR Data – 25th October 2018

The Research Data Management team recently hosted a session on data sharing as part of Open Access week (22nd-28th of October). For further details about the event, see the Open Access webpages.

JISC Workshop on Research Notebook Management – 19th of November

JISC will be running a workshop on research notebook management in London on the 19th of November. The event will cover the requirements of research notebooks, the tools needed to manage them and how this relates to researchers’ own subject specialisms. Researchers with an interest in exploring the use and management of lab notebooks are […]

Open Access Week 2018

As part of open access week 2018 (22nd-28th October 2018), UCL Library services have organised a series of events covering open access, REF, RPS, data sharing and Open Science. These events include training sessions, film screenings and drop-ins. The Research Data Support team will be running a lunchtime session on the most effective ways to […]

What is FOI and how does it apply to researchers?

The Freedom of Information Act was created in 2000 to increase the transparency of the public sector and their activities. Under the Act, research data can be requested although copyright and IP rights to the data remain with the original researcher. When a request for information is made, there are normally 20 working days to […]

What is a Format?

A format is essentially the form your data will take once you collect and archive it. Researchers are strongly advised to think very carefully about the final format their data will take so that it can be preserved for future use. There are two main two main categories of files – proprietary and non-proprietary formats. […]

Open Data as OER

Join us for this month’s UCL open education special interest group meeting. Dr. Javiera Atenas from the Open Knowledge Foundation will talk about a pedagogical element to foster open education through the use of Open Data, which MIT is currently working on. Javiera will showcase a data-research impact tool developed by the MIT which can […]