KAPTUR conference, London, March 2013

  1. @jiscdatapool colleagues Clare and Adam should be arriving at Kaptur #jiscmrd workshop. Looking forward to hearing their report.
  2. At the #jiscmrd #kaptur_mrd workshop today – picked up lots of fabulous resources already – as to be expected of an arts project! 😉
  3. #kaptur_mrd have put together a research data word search for the closing conference #jiscmrd
  4. For those at #kaptur_mrd – here is the KAPTUR blog bit.ly/15sYNmu with lots of information about the project #jiscmrd
  5. Research data matters in the visual arts – introductory presentation from Leigh Garrett, VADS Director and KAPTUR Principal Investigator
  6. #kaptur_mrd hightlights 1) What is research data in the visual arts: extremely complex question which the project has explored #jiscmrd
  7. #kaptur_mrd hightlights 2) Policy adoption: almost there across the four institutions, with policies on managing research data #jiscmrd
  8. #kaptur_mrd highlights 3) Infrastructure: complex user requirements led to lack of comprehensive solution, but knowledge developed #jiscmrd
  9. #jiscmrd thought provoking questions to hand over after the end of the event **how what you learnt today will impact on yr practice?**
  10. Keynote: Research data – challenges for the visual arts – Kerstin Mey, Director of Research and Enterprise, University for the Creative Arts
  11. Now up at #kaptur_mrd Kerstin Mey, Director of research and enterprise at UCA: research data challenges for the visual arts #jiscmrd
  12. Definition of research data, from Edinburgh: ‘data which arises out of, and evidences, research’ #kaptur_mrd #jiscmrd
  13. @fmuir See also our research data and other definitions in our repository support pages: ed.ac.uk/schools-department…
    #kaptur_mrd #jiscmrd
  14. Fascinating overview of research data in the visual arts at #kaptur_mrd. Question: do artists also want to cite data? #jiscmrd
  15. #kaptur_mrd @brian_hole I can very well imagine artists, critics, historians wanting to reference ‘data’ (workings, materials, etc) #jiscmrd
  16. At the final KAPTUR workshop in London today. Excellent so far, providing inspiration for DCC’s future Arts support work. #jiscmrd #ukdcc
  17. Supporting Research Data Management: the JISC MRD programme – Simon Hodson, JISC MRD Programme Manager
  18. #kaptur_mrd @simonhodson99 giving an overview of #jiscmrd & thinking about what research data actually is “…it’s the workings”
  19. Really good intro to Data Managment and Ideas on implementation for researchers
    opus.bath.ac.uk/30772 #jiscmrd
  20. royalsociety.org/policy/pro…

    Science as an Open Enterprise #jiscmrd

    cc @lescarr Sure you know all about this stuff anyway

  21. Piloting KAPTUR in the Arts – Carlos Silva, KAPTUR Technical Manager
  22. Wonderfully visual presentation now from Carlos Silva, #kaptur_mrd technical officer #jiscmrd
  23. #jiscmrd Q: which technical system is the most suitable for managing data?
  24. #kaptur_mrd identified short list of six systems for managing visual arts data: DataFlow, ePrints, DSpace, Fedora, CKAN, Figshare #jiscmrd
  25. interesting evernote not be included in the technical analysis ? #jiscmrd (I’m not a big fan but…just wondering) #eprints – final 4 yay 😀
  26. #jiscmrd not all the research output in Arts is in digital format
  27. nice ckan upload form. EdShare UI could work like this stepped approach for inputing materials…#eprints @edsharesoton #edshareredux #jiscmrd
  28. #jiscmrd CKAN Impressive functionality of imputing & showing art research data – demo by Carlos Silva
  29. Great closing gag from Carlos ‘FIN (ish…)’ – there will be ongoing work on CKAN with other #jiscmrd projects and the community #kaptur_mrd
  30. ckan is where you collect your stuff (desktop client ala evernote?) then connects to ePrints as the place for the finished output #jiscmrd
  31. Raising the profile of Research Data Management: the UCA story – Anne Spalding, KAPTUR Project Officer
  32. #jiscmrd Great digital storytelling presentation by Anne Spalding
  33. #jiscmrd key messages to take away: Communicate- Disseminate- Collaborate by Anne Spalding #kaptur_mrd
  34. Research data matters in the visual arts. Follow #kaptur_mrd for interesting thoughts from today’s workshop kapturmrd.eventbrite.co.uk/ #jiscmrd
  35. Towards a research data management policy at Goldsmiths – Andrew Gray, KAPTUR Project Officer
  36. Goldsmiths will have training aims at gathering data for the repository #jiscmrd #kaptur_rdm
  37. PI takes responsibly to work with the Research Data Management policy at GS – Goldsmiths using ePrints – Tetrabyte(?) of Storage #jiscmrd
  38. #jiscmrd think how a RDM policy will impact on researchers workload – key recommendation by Andrew Gray
  39. I believe ePrints has pretty good stats. at least the data i grabbed from EdShare also built on ePrints is nice #jiscmrd
  40. Arts Research Data. It’s as easy as 123 or is that ABC? – Robin Burgess, KAPTUR Project Officer
  41. #jiscmrd Very creative approach to relate an A-Z terminology for #RDM in Glasgow School of Art
  42. #jiscmrd need to check YouTube later for this song singing what is #RMD
  43. wow KAPTUR project seems to have really moved forward Art & Design Research Data Management & implementation at project partners #jiscmrd
  44. Important question: what licence are you using for artistic materials/outputs/data in the GSA repository? #kaptur_mrd #jiscmrd
  45. GSA are still working on licensing and advice – VADS have issues with CC0 #kaptur_mrd #jiscmrd
  46. Engaging policies at UAL: towards a policy for Research Data Management – Sarah Mahurter, KAPTUR Project Officer
  47. Archiving the process is a term that resonated at UAL, rather than ‘research data’ #jiscmrd #kaptur_mrd
  48. @UALKaptur mentioning Charlotte Hodes – see detail of papercut on #jiscmrd #kaptur_mrd USB stick – if you look closely u can see figures!
  49. University of the Arts London research data management policy and some guidance bit.ly/PmmE3O #jiscmrd #kaptur_rdm
  50. Mahurter argues that there are unique issues and opportunities in looking after research data / assets at UAL #jiscmrd #kaptur_mrd
  51. Research data matters in the visual arts – #jiscmrd #flickstackr – my Flickr pics from today #fb flickr.com/photos/procter/s…
Advertisements

KAPTUR – one month to go…

This is our update for KAPTUR for February with one month of the project left to run!

WP1: Project Management

  • The project team had meetings on 31st January and 28th February in order to both report and monitor progress of outstanding tasks.
  • The Project Manager has begun final reporting procedures for JISC.

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

  • The Technical Manager has completed a case study on the technical aspects of the project which will be presented at the KAPTUR conference on 6th March.
  • The Project Officers have uploaded visual arts research data to the EPrints pilot repository.
  • The Technical Manager has resolved issues with the CKAN pilot repository and will be completing development work on this soon.

WP4: Modelling

  • The fourth and final RDM policy was approved by The Glasgow School of Art’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee on 13th February.
  • The four policies will be made available through DCC in due course and will also be linked to from the KAPTUR Outputs page.
  • This work package is now closed.

WP5: Training and Support

  • The Glasgow School of Art training workshop took place on 31st January with the assistance of Laura Molloy, JISCMRD Evidence Gatherer. The presentations are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/tag/gsardmtraining
  • The fourth and final training workshop took place on 22nd February at Goldsmiths, University of London with assistance from Kerry Miller of the Digital Curation Centre. The presentations are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/tag/goldrdmtraining
  • The first draft of the KAPTUR toolkits has been completed using Xerte Online Toolkits. They will be completed by the close of the project and made available both online and through JORUM for use and re-use.

WP6: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • The four case studies from the Project Officers as well as the additional fifth case study from the Technical Manager have been completed and are being edited for online publication.
  • A template for the KAPTUR Business, Financial and Sustainability Plans was circulated to the Project Officers for use in their institutions.
  • The Glasgow School of Art have already completed a good draft of their Business Plan using the template.
  • The Project Manager is awaiting feedback from the final workshop, the conference, and another short survey before completing the Benefits’ reporting.

WP7: Dissemination


KAPTUR thirteen months into the project – (13/18)

This is our update for the end of the thirteenth month of KAPTUR.

WP1: Project Management

  • The whole Project team met on the 13th November at The Glasgow School of Art.
  • Over the last month we have been managing the challenge of two of the four Project Officers resigning from the project. John Murtagh was part-time at University of the Arts London (UAL) and has successfully applied for a full-time role at the University of East London working on their RDM training project (starting on 26th November). Tahani Nadim has been awarded her PhD and has accepted a post-doc position at another institution which will begin in the New Year; interviews with internal candidates are scheduled for December.
  • On 14th November the Project Manager met with colleagues at the UAL, including John’s replacement, Sarah Mahurter, Manager of the University Archives and Special Collections Centre. Betty Woessner, Research Systems and Data Manager, will  work with the DCC on the Institutional Engagement project.

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

  • The Technical Manager attended the JISCMRD programme event, 24th-25th October 2012, Nottingham. It was an opportunity to share the technical work that we have been piloting and also to learn from other projects. Following a presentation from Richard Jones, representing the DataFlow project, and a practical hands-on workshop, there was no resolution to the fact that DataStage is unable to connect with EPrints.
  • The Technical Manager has created a test instance of CKAN as this appears to be a way forward with a stronger case for long term sustainability as well as building on the work of University of Lincoln’s Orbital project.

WP4: Modelling

  • University of the Arts London have reported that their policy does not need to be approved by the Academic Board, so this completes their delivery of WP4: http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/data-management/
  • University for the Creative Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London have had their draft policies approved at the same level as UAL, however these now need to go on to their Academic Boards in January for final approval.
  • The Glasgow School of Art have revised their timescale for the policy due to the recruitment of two key staff who they want to feed into the policy; this is now expected to be approved at their Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee meeting in February. Academic Board approval is not required.
  • The four policies will be made available through DCC in due course (UAL’s policy is already available via the link above).

WP5: Training and Support

  • The first KAPTUR training workshop was held at UAL on Monday 19th November, with support from Marieke Guy and Joy Davidson from the DCC (due to the Institutional Engagement work). Further details and a list of attendees is available here: http://ualrdm-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/ Presentations are available online here: http://slidesha.re/QTrHcs http://slidesha.re/SnzvBL http://slidesha.re/QnwQIq
  • The further three KAPTUR training workshops are scheduled as follows: 27th November (Goldsmiths) with follow-up in January; 30th November (GSA) with follow-up in January; 16th January (UCA).
  • Feedback is being gathered from participants to each workshop as well as from the Project Officers themselves, this will then lead to refinements of the KAPTUR training plan.
  • The materials used as well as the training plan will be reviewed, re-purposed and re-packaged for use in common Virtual Learning Environments and also for deposit to JORUM. This will form the KAPTUR toolkits.

WP6: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • Two of the four case studies have been completed to very good draft stage. The UAL and Goldsmiths Project Officers were asked to focus on this aspect of the project ahead of schedule in order to capture their knowledge before they leave. Their successors will make any adjustments required.
  • The new UAL Project Officer and the Project Manager are attending the JISCMRD Benefits programme event in Bristol, 29th-30th November.

WP7: Dissemination


KAPTUR one year on – (2/3)

This is our update for the end of the twelfth month of KAPTUR; we are just past the two-thirds mark! For an overview of the past year, please visit the KAPTUR Prezi.

WP1: Project Management

  • The Project team have been in contact by telephone and email; four colleagues will be attending the JISCMRD Programme meeting this week in Nottingham.

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

WP4: Modelling

  • The four policies are going through several rounds of committees and are to schedule; this has been the focus of the past month.
  • In addition the University of the Arts London’s draft policy is available online: http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/data-management/

WP5: Training and Support

  • The KAPTUR training plan is now publicly available.
  • The Pinterest links have been linked to via UAL’s RDM pages and DCC’s Marieke Guy’s excellent blog post on The value of video in getting the RDM message across
  • The GSA Project Officer taught MRes students about research terminology covering research data and promoting the KAPTUR project; this will feed into our training materials. Blog post about this: Getting to grips with research terminology
  • The Project Officers have been in contact with their Research Offices to arrange a half-day training session for Research Office staff and Librarians in order to pilot the KAPTUR training materials.

WP6: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • The Project Officers have received a short Word document and model costings template (Excel) and will be piloting this within their own institutions.
  • Detailed case study templates have been created and shared with the Project Officers. The case studies will be presented at the end-of-project conference on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

WP7: Dissemination


Getting to grips with research terminology (MRes Creative Practices)

With thanks to Dr Robin Burgess, KAPTUR Project Officer, The Glasgow School of Art, for this blog post.

On the 4th and 5th of October I taught 10 MRes students a session titled ‘Getting to grips with research terminology’, this was to present methods and methodologies to prepare them for their Masters research projects.

The first day comprised of a lecture about different aspects of research, terminology that the students might be faced with and the decisions they might have to make when managing research data. The second day comprised of a workshop enabling the students to put into practice the information they had learnt the day before and apply this to actual research situations.

The aim was to provide an overview of aspects related to research terminology that students studying within an Arts context might encounter; quantitative, qualitative and mixed method terms were explored alongside approaches to data capture and analysis terms. I drew examples from the social sciences and mathematical sciences, discussing how these could be applied in the context of arts based research.

Three principle areas were covered:

  1. Philosophical worldviews: Investigating the concepts of postpositivism, constructivism, advocacy/participatory, and pragmatism
  2. Selected strategies of inquiry: Quantitative, qualitative and Mixed methods
  3. Research methods: The actual approaches that could be used for gathering and analysing information

A fundamental area considered was the criteria which might influence the research design being undertaken, such as understanding the research problem, the effects of personal experience, positionality, and the actual audience for the research. This proved to be very topical and raised many questions from the students.

As part of this area, the following quotes were discussed:

“I don’t have to concern myself with how I’m going to analyse my survey data until after I’ve collected my data. I’ll leave thinking about it until then, because it doesn’t impinge on how I collect my data”

“every research tool or procedure is inextricably embedded in commitments to particular versions of the world. To use a questionnaire, to use an attitude scale, to take the role of participant observer, to select a random sample, to measure rates of population growth, and so on, is to be involved in conceptions of the world which allow these instruments to be used for the purpose conceived”

Dissemination and presentation of information was commented on, highlighting the need for good communication of data and the importance of data management during research projects. This is where I discussed the work of KAPTUR and the need for data management policies.

The workshop session consisted of three tasks that were undertaken individually and in groups. Firstly I wanted the students to think about the research plans they had and apply the information they had learnt so far to this research proposal, thinking about the data they might collect, how it might be stored and analysed, determining the audience for the work and what worldview they might look at adopting. The students then reported back to the rest of the group and I gave suggestions and advice for further considerations. As a class we then looked at art work by two unknown artists (myself and a friend of mine) to determine the merits of the work and try and understand what could be deduced from the work. Looking at what analysis could be applied, such as the type of art – conventional and digital – and the colours used etc. This proved insightful as the students really began to delve into the art and explore the meaning of the pieces, looking below the surface. We then looked at works by established artists – Rothko and Magritte – and reviewed them in the same way. The final task was looking at two poems written by Wendy Cope. I wanted the students to critically review these, to determine the nature of the poems, look at the wording and language used, think about the audience and the message being conveyed. This task proved to be very enjoyable and highlighted much debate with regard to the audience for the pieces and who had potentially written them. Conflicting ideas were expressed and argued with sound evidence on both sides, illustrating how written text can be interpreted differently. It was great to really see the students engaging with the task.

All in all the two sessions (lecture and workshop) were successful and the students provided positive feedback.


KAPTUR eleven months into the project – (11/18)

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

WP1: Project Management

  • The Project team met in Farnham, yesterday.

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

  • The project partners have been given logins and passwords to test KAPTUR’s DataStage pilot site, which is available here: http://kaptur.ucreative.ac.uk/
  • The Technical Manager has been working with EPrints and staff from DataFlow in order to enable transfer between DataStage and EPrints version 3.3. Test sites for both of these have been created, and it has been possible to transfer intermittently however the SWORD-2 protocol is causing some issues which need to be resolved before proper testing can take place. [It is interesting to read about SMDMRD’s experience of Connecting DataFlow-DataStage and DSpace on a local machine]
  • The Project Manager attended the DataCite Technical workshop on 10th September, a good blog post by Marieke Guy is available here: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/blog/working-datacite

WP4: Modelling

  • All four institutions have draft policies ready for approval at the relevant committees during the Autumn term.
  • The nature of the policies and the approval workflow has been different for each institution, however all the Project Officers have commented on the benefits they received from working collaboratively on this aspect of the project. Discussion of the policies at each institution has also strengthened relationships across departments and encouraged fruitful exchange.

WP5: Training and Support

WP6: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • Further to the document on costings methodology, the Technical Manager has produced an Excel spreadsheet template which will be tested by the KAPTUR project partners. This will assist institutions with estimating the cost of technical infrastructure for research data.

WP7: Dissemination


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.