KAPTUR ten months into the project – (10/18)

This is our update for the end of the tenth month:

WP1: Project Management

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

  • The Technical Manager provided a demonstration of DataStage and Figshare at our steering group meeting in July; feedback from partners was very useful in informing the development of the KAPTUR pilot infrastructure.

WP4: Modelling

  • The UAL Project Officer has been continuing with the DCC University Engagement programme and interviewing arts researchers face-to-face using an online survey developed with Marieke Guy and Dr Paul Ryan. This will inform their RDM policy development.
  • There are now draft RDM policies for Goldsmiths, University of London; The Glasgow School of Art; and the University for the Creative Arts.
  • Development of The Glasgow School of Art and the University for the Creative Arts draft RDM policies will continue in September when the University term resumes.
  • The Goldsmiths Project Officer reported that on 25th July an informal working group convened including representatives from a variety of departments (academic, support, management) and Martin Donnelly from the DCC. After presentations by Martin, Jacqueline Cooke, and the Project Officer, a draft policy prepared by the Project Officer was discussed as well as requirements for putting it into action. Martin provided extremely useful and relevant information for everyone involved. The proposal for an RDM policy was well received. The group (though perhaps not in the exact original composition) will reconvene in the autumn with a view to finalising a commitment relating to RDM to be tabled at meetings at the end of the year.

WP5: Training and Support

  • This workpackage is due to begin in September, however it was necessarily an item on the agenda of the steering group meeting in July.
  • During August the Project Manager has been researching existing training materials, for example from previous JISCMRD funded projects, in preparation for discussion at the next project team meeting in September, including using Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/mtgwork/rdm-training/
  • In particular, in response to feedback from the steering group, a selection of 45 RDM videos have been bookmarked here: http://pinterest.com/mtgwork/rdm-videos/
  • The event on 14th September will also be an opportunity to get feedback on training materials and inform the development of the KAPTUR toolkits.

WP6: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • This workpackage is due to begin in September, however it was necessarily an item on the agenda of the steering group meeting in July.
  • In response to discussion at the steering group, the Technical Manager has been working with the Project Director and Project Manager on a costings template and method for the project partners. This will enable costs to be estimated for visual arts technical infrastructure at each institution over the next 5-10 years, and lead into the Business and Sustainability plans.

WP7: Dissemination

  • The Project Manager has continued to work with Angus Whyte of the DCC and Laura Molloy, JISC Evidence Gatherer, on the ‘Selecting and Appraising Research Data’ event to take place in London on 14th September. This has now been renamed ‘Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data’ and is almost fully booked. The last few places, and more details, are available here: http://kapturmrd01.eventbrite.co.uk/
  • The UAL Project Officer will be presenting about KAPTUR at the UAL Information Services Staff conference on Friday 21st September.
  • The Project Director has, with the Technical Manager and Project Manager, written and submitted a paper to the 8th International Digital Curation Conference which builds upon the research undertaken as part of the Technical Analysis report

Towards an A-Z of Visual Arts Research Data

From an idea originating with Robin Burgess, Project Officer, The Glasgow School of Art, the project team has been considering an A-Z of visual arts research data as way to:

  • further promote the work of the KAPTUR Environmental Assessment report using the voice of the interviewees
  • inform research data managers, information managers, and librarians about visual arts research data
  • provide an informal tool to discuss visual arts research data – for example with further development maybe as part of one of the KAPTUR toolkits
  • possibly to lead into promotional and/or training materials for KAPTUR (we have discussed producing postcards using some of the letters)

At the project team meeting in July each of the Project Officers, and the Project Manager, presented their ideas for a section of the alphabet. These have now been worked up into a clickable Prezi. However please note that this is a work-in-progress and will be updated subject to project team discussion.

How to use this Prezi:

  • Please select the play arrow at the bottom, then hover over ‘More’ to select the ‘Fullscreen’ option.
  • Then select ‘Allow’ from the message header that appears.
  • Please begin by selecting ‘Back to the start’ from the right-click menu.
  • Then click once on a letter that you would like to view (each letter will be highlighted in pale blue as you hover).
  • To go back please select ‘Back to the start’ from the right-click menu.
  • Alternatively selecting the play arrow will move through the alphabet from A-Z (or from whichever letter you were last viewing).



The Prezi can also be accessed here: http://prezi.com/bna2aayvtski/kaptur-a-z/

Funding follow-up

Further to a blog post titled Funders and trends in artistic research grants and work carried out as part of the KAPTUR Environmental Assessment report the project team have also been looking at examples of externally funded research projects at each institution. At the project team meeting held in July, each Project Officer talked about two projects at their institution and the Project Manager agreed to follow this up in a blog post. This information is now available in a spreadsheet:

The spreadsheet is also available via this link: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/funded-projects

The Project Officers reported that this exercise provided them with more contacts to follow-up on within their institutions and informed the development of the Research Data Management policies. It also provided the project team with a greater awareness of projects at other institutions.