Data-X Symposium

Registrations have been coming in thick and fast for the Data-X Symposium to be held on 1 December, Main Lecture theatre, Edinburgh College of Art (programme below).

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab & ASCUS | Art & Science. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative data ‘installations’.

To register visit:


10.00 – 10.30: Registration & coffee

10.30 – 10.40: Welcome – Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager) & Introduction – Dr Martin Parker (Director of Outreach, Edinburgh College of Art)

10.40 – 11.20: Guest speaker: ASCUS & the ASCUS Lab: catalysts for Artiscience- Dr James Howie (Co-Founder, ASCUS)

Session 1 presentations: Chair – Dr. Rocio von Jungenfeld (School of Engineering & Arts, University of Kent)

· 11.20 – 11.35: PUROS Sound Box – Dr Sophia Banou, Dr Christos Kakalis (both School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art), Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 11.35 – 11.50: eTunes – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 11.50 – 12.05: Inside the black box -Luis Fernando Montaño (Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology) & Bohdan Mykhaylyk (School of Chemistry)

· 12.05 – 12.20: Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 12.20 – 12.30: Session 1. wrap-up

12.30 – 13.15: Lunch

Session 2 presentations: Chair – Martin Donnelly (Digital Curation Centre)

· 13.15 – 13.30: Elegy for Philippines Eagle – Oli Jan (Reid School of Music)

· 13.30 – 13.45: Feel the Heat: World Temperature Data Quilt – Nathalie Vladis (Centre for Integrative Physiology) & Julia Zaenker (School of Engineering)

· 13.45 – 14.00: o ire – Prof. Nick Fells (School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow)

· 14.00 – 14.15: Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiel (Queen’s Medical Research Institute) & Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 14.15 – 14.25: Session 2. wrap-up

14.25 – 15.05: Guest speaker: FUSION – where art meets neuroscience – Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neurioscience)

15.05 – 15.15: Closing remarks: Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager)

15.20: Close

Data-X is supported by: The Data Lab, ASCUS, Information Services

Stuart Macdonald
DATA-X Project Manager / Associate Data Librarian

DATA-X Workshop 2

We are holding our second DATA-X workshop on Wednesday 15 June at the
James Clerk Maxwell Building, Room 3217 and are inviting PhD students
and technologists to come along and participate in what we hope will
be lively discussion and activities.

We aim to engender Art and Science collaborations by offering
micro-funds towards each ‘installation’ as well as the opportunity to
publish in the exhibition catalogue and present at the Pioneering
Research Data Symposium later in the year.

We have over 20 registered participants with a range of research
interests including:
Crystal structure, Raman spectroscopy, Structural biology,
Measurement-Based Power Systems Control, Astrophysics, Polymer-sensors,
Biological data mining, Computational Mechanics,
Internationalization of Higher Education, Bioinformatics, Evolution,
Genomics, Visual sociology, Advertising, National identity, Environment,
Agriculture, Nutrient Management, Soil, Pollen, Farmers, Social Network
Analysis, Food security, Systems biology, Cell level
modelling, Cell physiology, Mobile User Experience, Enviromental
Sustainability, Political science, Human rights, Data materialisation,
Digital fabrication, Practice based research, Synthetic

To register for the workshop (and get a free lunch) see:

To find out more about DATA-X see:

or watch the short You Tube

Please get in contact should you require further information.

All best,
Stuart Macdonald
DATA-X Project Manager / Associate Data Librarian

Edinburgh DataShare receives ‘Data Seal of Approval’

Earlier this week DataShare received the Data Seal of Approval – a peer review certification for trusted digital repository (TDR) status. The award is reviewed every two-years.

Edinburgh DataShare self-assessment statements for each of the 16 metrics (which express roles and responsibilities of data producer, data repository and data consumer) can be viewed on the DSA website at: (note: liberal use of white space). We aim to publish the actual seal on the home page of DataShare as part of the upcoming major release (2.0).

For more information about DSA see our web page,

Note: a paper will be published in the forthcoming IASSIST Quarterly showcasing institutional implementations of DSA. This follows on from a successful panel session at the IASSIST Conference at Univ. Minneapolis in June (see:

DSA are also currently in discussion with ICSU World Data System to produce a harmonised discipline-agnostic self-assessment TDR certification scheme. This should be in place some time in 2016.

Stuart Macdonald
Associate Data Librarian

Highlights from the RDM Programme Progress Report: May 2015

Work was completed on collating and assembling 17 self-assessment statements for Edinburgh DataShare’s Data Seal of Approval application for trusted digital repository status.

‘Recommended File Formats’ and ‘Trustworthiness’ pages have been added to Edinburgh DataShare documentation as evidence to support Edinburgh DataShare’s Data Seal of Approval application.

The DataSync service build, testing and documentation is now complete, and the service went live on 27th May 2015.

The RDM website continues to add new content. Links are being checked and corrected to match the format needed for the migration to Drupal.

A Call for Papers for the ‘Dealing with Data 2015’ conference has been was finalised, and an announcement was posted on the data blog and call for papers were sent out to Research Administrators, Directors of Research and Research staff in three colleges.

System design of the DataVault project funded by Jisc has commenced, with the architecture being developed jointly between the universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. Development is due to start in June. A ‘ skeleton service’ is currently being scoped, to offered as an interim service.

A one-page EPSRC compliance guide has been produced to assist PIs with meeting the EPSRC research data expectations.

The Data Library is currently looking at end user interface improvements to the new Mirage theme for DataShare.

Talks are continuing between the Data Library, Learning, Teaching & Web Division, and North Carolina about a MANTRA MOOC for academic year 2015-16.

Stuart Macdonald
RDM Service Coordinator / Associate Data Librarian