Progress on the DATUM project will be disseminated via this blog. There is also a project website http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/datum which contains a news section with an RSS feed.
A key deliverable from the DATUM project will be a research data management training programme for the health studies discipline focusing on qualitative, unstructured data. This will be made publicly available on the Web via a Creative Commons License. The aim is that this programme will be transferable to other disciplines, audiences and contexts within Northumbria University, and to the wider HE and research communities.
Though not directly on eRM, this new project has synergy with the work conducted on the AC+erm project. DATUM is looking at the management of qualitative, unstructured digital data. A key aim of AC+erm was to disseminate the project’s findings (mostly qualitative) throughout its life on a regular basis, via the Web, to emphasise the urgency of the ERM issue, influence change as the research proceeded, and encourage widespread discussion. Over 87 outputs were made available in the project’s 3 year life span. At the end of the project these outputs were updated or modified where necessary and published in a final form. The AC+erm website has now become an archive but this blog will remain for new research and development.
The first stage of DATUM will be a targeted literature review to identify and review (a) best practice guidelines and research data management requirements for any HEI stakeholder, with a particular focus on qualitative, unstructured data, (b) similar guidelines specifically for the health studies discipline, (c) training/learning delivery models for the range of research stakeholders, and (d) training materials. It will be interesting to see what other approaches we could use to archive the rich resource of AC+erm outputs to make them available for the wider community to use and repurpose.