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LIBER Webinar: Research Data - What To Keep?

Beagrie, Neil

What to keep in terms of research data has been a recognised issue for some time but research data management (and, in particular, appraisal and selection) has become a more significant focus in recent years.

Researchers, librarians, data curators, and policy makers all need to answer the question, what research data should be kept? We can’t keep it all, because that would be too expensive and time-consuming, but we have to keep data that is irreplaceable and unique in its value for future research, some or to enable it to be reused and validated, to enable peer review to be informed, and to enable there to be trust in research findings. Types of data needing to be retained also vary and may include related materials such as software and documentation. How much and what is enough? In this webinar, organised by LIBER's Research Data Management Working Group, we dive into the topic of what to keep with expert Neil Beagrie, author of a recent Jisc-funded report on this topic.

Neil is director of consultancy at Charles Beagrie. He is an experienced senior consultant and an internationally recognised expert with extensive experience in research data management and digital preservation. He was awarded the 2014 Archival Technology Medal by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) for his long-term contributions to digital preservation.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Existing practice and guidance for appraisal and review for research data and related materials; generic/disciplinary/sub-disciplinary differences in defining research data e.g. practice-based research in the arts and humanities;
  • Research integrity and data sharing as strategic drivers for research data management;
  • Differences in levels of curation and considerations of value and cost.

Webinar Hosts

The webinar was hosted by Dr Birgit Schmidt and Rob Grim. Birgit is Head of Knowledge Commons at Göttingen State and University Library and Chair of LIBER's Research Infrastructure Steering Committee. Rob is an Economics (Data) Librarian at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Co-chair of LIBER's Research Data Management Working Group.

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