The UK Data Service at the NCRM Research Methods e-festival

We introduce some of the UK Data Service expertise being showcased as part of this week’s NCRM Research Methods e-festival.

Colleagues from the UK Data Service are sharing expertise in a variety of events at the NCRM Research Methods e-festival. You can follow the e-festival on Twitter #RMeF21.

Service experts involved in workshops, panels and other events at the e-festival share their thoughts on their event and why it is important to be part of the e-Festival.

Monday 25 October

‘That all our knowledge begins with experience there can be no doubt’ (Kant 1781): The Role of Experiential Learning in Methods Training
Panel member: Vanessa Higgins, Service Director for User Support and Training

Vanessa says

I will be reflecting on my personal experiences of experiential learning throughout my career including roles in central government, the voluntary sector and academic sector as well as my experience of proving experiential learning to interns and others.


Working with Twitter Data
Joseph Allen, Research Associate

Joe comments

Twitter has recently been a fantastic source of data. Never before has an individual been able to so trivially access historic opinions and watch them develop over time.


26th October

Accelerating impact and public good from research
Panel member: Neil Dymond-Green, Service Director for Impact

Neil says

I’ll be discussing the importance of developing a broader view of impact, and how the UK Data Service is well-placed to facilitate that discussion and develop approaches to identifying and evidencing impact. I will discuss supporting our Data Impact Fellows to develop and embed new approaches to impact in their work, how we work in partnership to evidence and promote impact and events we organise to broaden discussion of impact themes and approaches.


Wednesday 27 October

Data Drop-In
David Martin, Sarah King-Hele, Alle Bloom, Julia Kasmire, Emily Durrant, Maureen Haaker, Cristina Magder, Eilish Peters, Saskia Price, Anca Vlad, Hina Zahid, David Rawnsley

Cristina Magder, Data Collections Development Manager:

The implementation of good research data management practices does not only facilitate ethical, legal and funding compliance but enables data sharing and safeguards the sustainability and accessibility of the data. The UK Data Service is supporting researchers throughout the data lifecycle, from planning their research to sharing the data created and demonstrating impact. The 2021 Research Methods e-Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for the Research Data Management team to further support researchers and to share their expertise.  Whether researchers have specific challenges they wish to discuss, or they have questions about any research data management topic, we hope they will join our data clinic.


Placing Covid-19: towards a spatial analysis of the pandemic
Nigel de Noronha, David Rawnsley

Nigel de Noronha, Research Associate:

The workshop brings together census data with the level of Covid-19 cases to explore spatial inequalities in local areas over time.  The techniques are used for health and demographic analysis adding insight into place-based inequalities and offer the potential for effective policy interventions at local levels.


What is reproducibility and why it matters for you
Julia Kasmire, Research Fellow

Julia says

I am doing an interactive workshop on reproducibility – what it is, why it matters and what you (yes, you!) need to be doing about it. This session covers the crisis of reproducibility that has been simmering away for over a decade, the contradictions inherent to a job that simultaneously values first movers and transparency,  and some of the pros and cons of different approaches to reproducibility. There are opportunities for participants to ask questions, share their concerns as well as their best practice, and to discuss methods and tools for reducing the burden that reproducibility seems to entail. Come join us for a friendly discussion about how we can all improve science together!


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