It has been a long pandemic, and some bright spots are beginning to appear on the horizon. One of them is that we have a new professional joining our team, to work with Kerry Miller in the role of Research Data Support Officer – Simon Smith.
The University’s Digital Research Services programme makes it possible to fund this post for the Research Data Service – deemed an essential addition following a period of reduced resource, because of the need to increase outreach, training and awareness, and take-up of services in the light of the new Research Data Management Policy.
Simon has worked in Research Data Management since 2015, when he joined the Open Research Team at the University of Surrey. He has spent his time helping to develop a range of research data management (RDM) services, implementing two repositories, and learning to love data management planning. He is genuinely interested in issues around data licencing and sensitive/personal data. His teaching and research background is in philosophy, in the service of which he edited a scholarly journal. Now, however, he is slightly obsessed with James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Simon has been in post for nearly 2 weeks, and is keen to meet researchers and their supporters from all corners of the university – please send any and all invitations to come chat about RDM to email@example.com! We look forward to gaining from Simon’s insights and experience.
Robin Rice & Simon Smith
Library & University Collections
Very soon we will sadly say goodbye to Gina Geffers, who, along with Sam Hillman, have become our first Research Data Steward veterans. But we are very pleased to welcome two new stewards to the team this winter, Adam Threlfall and Yue Gu!
Adam Threlfall is a third-year PhD student in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, working to improve analysis methods for retinal images, intending to use these
improved methods to find changes in the retinal blood vessels in connection with systemic diseases, using a combination of AI and classical image analysis applied to clinical datasets. Outside of work he enjoys cooking and going for long walks in the countryside with his partner and their greyhound, Indie.
Yue Gu is a final year PhD student in the School of Economics. Her research looks to apply advanced methods of microeconometrics to evaluate the impact of policies and early family environment on women’s economic outcomes in China using household survey data. Outside of university work she enjoys traveling, watching movies and discovering good food in Edinburgh.
This week the team is pleased to welcome two University of Edinburgh PhD students who have joined Research Data Support in a new Research Data Steward role. We were even able to meet in person and grab a coffee for a little stroll in the Meadows together! In addition to curating metadata records for datasets in Edinburgh DataShare, DataVault and Pure (Edinburgh Research Explorer), the pair will assist the rest of the team in assisting users with data management planning and related enquiries, and will contribute to our outreach and training programme, especially in the new area of Open Research.
Gina Maria Geffers is a final year PhD student in the School of GeoSciences. Her current focus is on studying statistical patterns in large sets of earthquake data including real, volcanic and induced (‘man-made’) earthquakes, in the hope that this information can help in quantifying the hazard associated with these events! Outside of university work, she enjoys travelling (pre-pandemic) and swimming and during the pandemic she has found renewed interest in the outdoors, especially cycling around Edinburgh.
Sam Hillman is a 2nd year PhD student in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on how changes in environmental conditions affects how animals interact with each other and how this alters disease transmission in wild mammals, using a combination of field work and statistical modelling. Outside of work he is a keen musician.
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 operational support for the Data Safe Haven and its users across the University. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic researcher or professional to apply their academic and support skills to a growing service area, and to help build and raise awareness of our new Data Safe Haven.
You will have research experience and knowledge of current data protection regulations and other relevant legislation in the context of research. You will have an understanding of university structures and norms. You will know how to work methodically and transparently, following and documenting standard operating procedures. You will document and present the service for different audiences to ensure high levels of uptake and engagement with the service.
The Data Safe Haven Operations Assistant is a key role in the development and delivery of the new Data Safe Haven component of the Research Data Service, delivered by Library Research Support together with other sections of Information Services. The role allows the post-holder to contribute to defining the way the Data Safe Haven service will operate within the University, including achieving standards-based certifications.
This is a fixed-term full-time position for two years. Funded by the Digital Research Services programme, you will be part of a collaborative, engaging, and innovative working environment within Information Services. There are many advantages to working at the University. Benefits include flexible working, an excellent pension, career prospects and generous holiday provision.
Closing date: 15th February, 2019
Full details are available at: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=046776
On behalf of Cuna Ekmekcioglu
Data Safe Haven Manager