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Across Canada, across disciplines : Research data management practices and needs in the social sciences… Trimble, Leanne; Dearborn, Dylanne; Zaraiskaya, Tatiana; Burpee, Jane; Barsky, Eugene; Sahadath, Catie; Cheung, Melissa; Mitchell, Marjorie; Gertler, Matthew May 31, 2017

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Across Canada, across disciplines: Research data management practices and needs in the social sciences and humanitiesLeanne Trimble1, Dylanne Dearborn1,  Tatiana Zaraiskaya 2, Jane Burpee3, Eugene Barsky4 , Catie Sahadath5,  Melissa Cheung5,   Marjorie Mitchell4 , Matthew Gertler1    1University of Toronto,  2Queen's University, 3McGill University, 4University of British Columbia, 5University of OttawaIASSIST 2017ContextWho is involved?Methods - data collection and analysis  "Clipboard" icon by Annette Spithoven from Noun ProjectDemographicsRespondents by institutionn=437Breakdown by discipline n=437Respondents by rank n=437Working with Research DataStorage volume, by number of research projectsTypes of research data generatedStorage media usedDocumentation & description of datan=413 n=412Is there sufficient documentation and description (e.g., variable and field definitions, codebooks, data dictionaries, metadata, scripts to run) for another person outside your research team to: How long data is kept?Sharing Research DataCurrent sharing methods vs Future sharing methodsSharing restrictions● “Privacy or ethics restrictions” (37.8%) was the most identified restriction○ Highest in Education (82.4%) and the Social Sciences (SS) (45.1%)● “Needing to apply for a patent” was only selected by one researcher (SS)● Low number of responses identifying “commercial concerns”○ Only Business/Management (15.4%) and Law (6.7%) had higher response rates● Low across board for “public safety/sensitive data” (all <=6%)Perceived benefits & Reasons for not sharingFunding Mandates & RDM ServicesDrafting a data management plann=396Level of interest in services from libraries Digital Humanities/Digital ScholarshipDIGITAL HUMANITIES OR DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP (DS), can be defined as the collection and use of digital research data (either through digitization of print resources, or using born-digital resources) combined with methodologies from traditional Humanities and Social Science scholarship.Do you feel your research falls under this definition?Yes: 41% (n=176)No: 39% (n=165) Not Sure: 20% (n=85)Nature of Digital Scholars’ DataData topics taught in digital scholarshipSummary: Key findings● Data being produced: ○ Most commonly text; small storage sizes (i.e. requirements are not complex)● Knowledge gaps:○ Data storage: range of non-optimal storage options in use○ Over half were not confident about the quality of their documentation● Sharing:○ Plan to share more in the future than they do now○ Privacy/ethics most common reason for not sharing○ Strong awareness of the benefits of sharing● Interest in support from libraries:○ 87% would like/need some support in drafting DMPs○ Large proportion of respondents expressed interest in services from the library in general● Some variance in disciplinary responses - useful for targeting servicesLessons learned● Conducting a survey with both local and consortial goals can be a challenge○ Survey design must consider local and group needs○ Group data management planning○ Wrangling data from different institutions○ Communication with partners is key● Portage clearinghouse aims to improve this process for additional institutions joining the projectHumanities & Social SciencesEngineering & ScienceHealth & Medical SciencesFuture steps...Survey templates, data and reports will be made available on the Portage website How the data can be used● Informing institutional decisions, e.g. shaping services● Informing national initiatives, e.g Portage, funding agenciesData, templates and reports available: by Portage, - data contributors● Queen’s University○ Alexandra Cooper● University of British Columbia○ Sheryl Adam, Megan Meredith-Lobay● University of Ottawa○ Jessica McEwan, Patrick Labelle● University of Toronto○ Leslie Barnes, Nadia Muhe● University of Waterloo○ Kathy Szigeti, Sandra KeysQuestions?


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