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Research Data Workshops: DataVault Summary Having soft-launched the DataVault facility in early 2019, the Research Data Support team -with the support of the project board – held five workshops in different colleges and locations to …Continue reading →

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FAIR dues to the Research Data Alliance It has been a while since we’ve blogged about the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and as an organisation it has come into its own since its beginnings in 2013. One …Continue reading →

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We’re hiring! Information Services has a new vacancy for a Data Safe Haven Operations Assistant to work directly with the Data Safe Haven Manager in the Research Data Support Team in providing …Continue reading →

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DataVault is now live After an extended development period, we are pleased to report an addition to the University of Edinburgh Research Data Service, adding value to research data for both researchers and their funders: DataVault – funded primarily by the university’s Digital Research Services programme – has gone live this week. DataVault is a companion service to DataShare, which is an institutional trusted digital repository for the deposit of datasets and related outputs by university researchers, to openly license and share them on the Web. DataVault consists of an online interface connected to infrastructure in the university’s data centres and a cloud storage account. The DataVault project has conducted performance and user acceptance testing. It is currently able to accept individual deposits up to 2 TB each, which will be increased as development and testing continue alongside the live service. Each research project can store contents in a single vault made up of any number of deposits.

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Personal data: What does GDPR mean for your research data? It falls upon me to cover the ‘hot topic’ of research data and GDPR (European privacy legislation) just before a cold winter holiday break. This makes me feel like the …Continue reading →

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New team members, new team! Time has passed, so inevitably we have said goodbye to some and hello to others on the Research Data Support team. Amongst other changes, all of us are now based together in Library & University Collections – organisationally, that is, while remaining located in Argyle House with the rest of the Research Data Service providers such as IT Infrastructure. (For an interview with the newest team member there, David Fergusson, Head of Research Services, see this month’s issue of BITS.) So two teams have come together under Research Data Support as part of Library Research Support, headed by Dominic Tate in L&UC. Those of us leaving EDINA and Data Library look back on a rich legacy dating back to the early 1980s when the Data Library was set up as a specialist function within computing services. We are happy to become ‘mainstreamed’ within the Library going forward, as research data support becomes an essential function of academic librarianship all over the world*. Of course we will continue to collaborate with EDINA for software engineering requirements and new projects.

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Dealing with Data, 2017 One hundred researchers from across the University came together to present work in progress and discuss many tricky issues they face in ‘dealing with data’ at a Research Data Service …Continue reading →

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Updates from the fourth meeting of the RDM Forum Guest blog post by Ewa Lipinska On 28th August members of the RDM Forum gathered in the stunning Old Library at the Department of Geography in the Old Infirmary building, …Continue reading →

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Scoping Statistical Analysis Support The following is a post by our former PhD Intern, Cindy Nelson-Viljoen, where she outlines her experience of working on a significant Data Library project supported by the Innovation Fund. …Continue reading →

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New video about the Research Data Service The Research Data Service team is delighted to announce a new resource to help researchers and research support staff become familiar with the wide range of tools and support that …Continue reading →

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