Workshop 1

Launch workshop, collecting practice and experience so far, identifying barriers to data dissemination

What's it about?

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together representatives of TEDDINET projects - and any other interested parties - to collect and disseminate practice and experience on data management, with a particular focus on the needs and issues arising from STEM projects.

The primary objective for Data Management for TEDDINET (DM4T) is to help project teams collectively to construct a data legacy for the TEDDI, BuildTEDDI and the non-domestic buildings programmes as a whole. Whatever the status of your data management plans, please come and share them with the rest of the community so we can together build up the knowledge and experience of appropriate ways to collect and curate data

What we learned from workshop 1

(Personal perspective by Julian Padget)

The slides from the talks are available below and provide an insight - through case studies - into how some projects are managing their data deluge along with the policy framework being established and supported by EPSRC, universities and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). The TEDDINET projects that took part are: APAtSCHE, BIG-SMALL, DEFACTO, ENHANCE, ENLITEN, IDEAL, REFIT and WICKED, plus the COLBE (Bath) and SHED (Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) and UKDA) projects.

The project talks showed the variety, both in provenance and scale, of the data being collected across TEDDINET projects, and emphasizing the need for a diverse set of approaches, both in data collection and its preservation, while Steven Firth offered some valuable hindsight from the REFIT project, echoed by Bruce Stephen in respect of APAtSCHE. Ben Ryan (EPSRC) provided context for the research council’s position, with an increasing demand for reproducibility, reiterating the RCUK tenets that research data is a public good, has long-term value, and should be discoverable and citeable, subject to legitimate constraints. EPSRC-funded research is viewed as being too diverse to be amenable to the establishment of a UKDA-like repository, but - as the talk by Simon Elam illustrated - much energy research has social aspects, making it eligible for archive by UKDA. Joy Davidson (DCC) encouraged projects to write (and update!) data management plans, just as researchers would for other parts of the project: the data is a deliverable and its long-term accessibility is a necessity as part of ensuring citeability and reproducibility.

My personal takeaways from the meeting were:

  1. Be prepared to reformat your data
  2. Data sources need to be citeable
  3. Design a clean separation between personal data and sensor data
  4. Clean data is not enough: need raw + cleaning algorithms
  5. Metadata is a problem waiting to happen
  6. Planning (and replanning) helps

Who should attend?

There will be talks from projects which have done, are doing and are still thinking about what to do about data management, as well as institutional and national perspectives from EPSRC and DCC (Digital Curation Centre). Above all, however, it is an opportunity to say what you are doing, what your problems are and hear from other projects facing similar issues.

This is a 24hr workshop, Wednesday pm and Thursday am, with a networking dinner in the evening and will take place on campus at the University of Bath. Travel and subsistence is covered by TEDDINET for TEDDINET project members (usually with a max of delegates 2/projects). If you are not part of a TEDDINET project, we are happy to provide refreshments and dinner, but travel and subsistence will not be covered by TEDDINET.

To register, please email Caroline Hughes with the following information:

  1. Name, affiliation and project (if any)
  2. TEDDINET partner status
  3. Dietary requirements
  4. Attendance (2nd or 3rd or both)
  5. Accommodation: required or not

and please complete the survey at the bottom of the page! This will help us (all) get a picture of the state of data management in TEDDINET projects.

Who's speaking?

Final programme

Day 1
12:00 - 13:00 Arrival + lunch
13:00 - 13:15 Introduction to DM4T + sign up for future events (slides) Julian Padget, Computer Science, Bath
13:15 - 13:45 TEDDINET and data management (slides) Dan Van der Horst/Nigel Goddard
University of Edinburgh
13:45 - 14:15 DCC and its role in data management (slides) Joy Davidson, Associate Director,
Digital Curation Centre
14:15 - 14:45 Institutional policies on data management:
perspective from Bath (slides)
Richard Evans, Data Librarian, Bath
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 15:45 Smarter Household Energy Data (slides) Simon Elam, Centre for Energy Epidemiology, UCL
15:45 - 16:45 APAtSCHE project (slides) Bruce Stephen, Strathclyde
16:45 - 17:15 Survey results + Workshop 2 discussion DM4T team
17:15 - 17:30 Wrap up Day 1
19:30 - 21:30 Dinner Abbey Hotel, Bath
Day 2
09:30 - 10:00 EPSRC perspective (slides) Ben Ryan, Research Outcomes, EPSRC
10:00 - 10:30 Case study: REFIT (slides) Steven Firth, Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough
10:30 - 11:00 Case study: ENLITEN (slides) Sukumar Natarajan, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bath
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15 Round Table: How should DM4T proceed?
Forthcoming workshops
Joy Davidson, Dan Van der Horst/Nigel Goddard,
Steven Firth, Ben Ryan
12:15 - 12:30 Sign up for future events
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch + departure

Participant survey

A key function of this workshop (and the lead up to it!) is to gather information from the community about knwledge, practice and experience with data management and use this to inform later activities both in TEDDINET and DM4T. Please would you complete the survey below to help us start this process off. We ask for your consent to share and use this data in anonymized form at the end of the survey.