Notes - Adam Procter

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19 Mar 2013

Research data matters in the visual arts

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Wren Room, 6th Floor 66 Portland Place London, London W1B 1AD

Datapool to tweet from tomorrow’s events. Tweets should ideally link to @jiscdatapool and #jiscmrd.

My pics from the day


Kapture, investigate nature of RD (research data) in the Visual Arts Toolkit (later this month - March) & training materials

Speaker 1

Keynote: Research data - challenges for the visual arts - Kerstin Mey, Director of Research and Enterprise, University for the Creative Arts

Drawing on exemplary artistic inquiries within the framework of Doctoral Programmes in the UK the presentation aims to highlight the diversity and complexity of research data for primary research and related issues of their capturing / documentation, collation, verification, citation, access and storage. These examples will also be used to foreground requirements for research data management, consolidation, storage and preservation in their tension to the specific nature of the investigations in question.


cant find slides on slidedeck ? Eve ? Definition of research data

Aileen Stackhouse - research Mick O’Kelley - research

Loads of materials make up the research data. How do you verify the research process for research data that is say location based (San Paolo - Mick)

PhD programme in visual arts the paradigms still hotly contested

Paul Carter - Material Thinking book


Digital literacy changes formats from sketchbook for example phone captures a quote , a detail. Different research methods. different reading methods - scanning and selecting.


Data citation ? intuative rather than embedded - discoverablity. standard approach is to write up the research.

reprocess / reuse data in new work // citation

sketchs, plimary work not seen as important for citation when practicing visual research - JAR ?

Speaker 2

Supporting Research Data Management: the JISC MRD programme - Simon Hodson, JISC MRD Programme Manager

The question of how to make the most out of research outputs, particularly data and other sources in digital form, is high on the agenda of funders, universities and researchers themselves. Simon Hodson will give an overview of work in the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme to help research institutions provide support services for managing research data and other digital sources. Although significant challenges remain, JISC MRD projects have made considerable progress in helping define and pilot the components required for such services. Participants will be encouraged to consider to what extent these approaches can be adapted to diverse institutions and research areas.


proof data will be looked after and can be reused after the project completes

Open data - horizon 2020 pilot data policy Evidence underpinning should be avalible aswell. Growing benefits on reuse.

Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

Janet Brokerage

Research data is a short hand for the Stuff that is created during the RP and underpins the final output.

“The first person with whom you share your data with is your future self” - can you open a file and understand it yourself!

reuse asking new questions of old data

Science as an Open Enterprise

all research funders now have a data plan

Barriers to data sharing Cultural change in the way reserch is carried out (data sharing)

For example if goldsmiths had actually captures the stuff he made woulld be very useful (capture before they are ‘big’)

Check research data management pages related to DCC programme

Really good intro to DM and planning

Orbital system hooks in say data from HR etc to pre populate fields

I guess ePrints is doing all this stuff

TURF wars :P IT / LIbrary and Research office buy in Key and Acdemics Steering group with high level buy PVC of Research etc without that you cant do much KAPTURE project - iniital step policy formation

focus is on ‘funded’ - there is a lot of research QR funded / unfunded. Provide a support for this data is a core uni mission - should not just cover funded research

Speaker 3

Piloting KAPTUR in the Arts - Carlos Silva, KAPTUR Technical Manager

During 2012 the KAPTUR project has undergone a research for the most appropriate tool to allow researchers to effectively manage their research data in the arts and humanities. The research has produced a set of opportunities for the sector to utilize existing systems but at the same time to enhance the user experience and successful management of research data. The presentation will aim at showing the approach and research methodology took by the team and the different technologies that we use to create the technical infrastructure and pilot system for KAPTUR.


Why was evernote not in top level ok - dropbox googledrive mendley dropped top 4 - taken into the system (Kulture worked with ePrints before)

  • ePrints 3.3
  • figshare - looks nice - could not move forward
  • DataStage - missing features from ePrints in this ? dropbox like interface… - uploading not friendly
  • ckan - sustainabity - very easy to ehance around (modules) open source - extentability

Ckan won… (kind of) ckan looks nice - tags / forms wow takes data from CSV and generate graph on the fly (SVG I guess)

collected stuff in ckan and then data is sent to ePrints as an output

What about ePrints with a Evernote stylé front end app ?

ckan is where you collect your stuff (desktop client ala evernote?) then connects to ePrints as the place for the finished output #jiscmrd

details all on project website / blog

“kaptur_mrd identified short list of six systems for managing visual arts data: DataFlow, ePrints, DSpace, Fedora, CKAN, Figshare #jiscmrd”

Case Studies

Speaker 4

Raising the profile of Research Data Management: the UCA story - Anne Spalding, KAPTUR Project Officer

During the course of this project there were three key achievements: contribution to the Environmental Assessment Report, the composition of a discussion paper ‘Towards a Research Data Management Policy for UCA’ and as a result of this the creation of an RDM policy. The areas of communication, dissemination, collaboration and an increased understanding of research data management are four key areas which have emerged as a result of this project. Underpinning these areas has been the development of relationships with key stake-holders within UCA and also the participation in external events and training. The following case study will outline the background, challenges, approach and lessons learned from the experience of working on the KAPTUR project.


Fine Art - Analogue Fine Art - Digital History Designer 16x interviews Key Themes arrived

creating a datamanagement plan project officers work will be collated to JORUM ? QA role for repositary officer ? UCA research online - who will verfiy this as research output ? in terms of [RD] - would be managed by PI

Speaker 5

Towards a research data management policy at Goldsmiths - Andrew Gray, KAPTUR Project Officer

Goldsmiths’ approach to developing an RDM policy has taken two strands: one focused on researchers, the other, which built on the first, focused on research support (including IT) and management levels. This began with the Environmental Assessment work and continued with individual meetings with key representatives; the Research Office, the Library and IT services have been identified as key sites for ensuring meaningful translation of good RDM practices. In parallel to designing and ratifying an RDM policy, relevant social and technical infrastructure that will help researchers meet the new RDM demands has also been set up. The Library, in collaboration with IT, has set up Goldsmiths Data Online (, the open access online archive for Goldsmiths research data.


Enviroment Assessment : Terminology RD is a Stem term People not that comfortable with the RD term - things, stuff - fine art - information - art history - data - designer Fluiidty / Agile - files folders This is another task that we ask staff to do

  • Multiply roles Asking staff to document / record there research data How can we help them All interviewees understand that keeping and managing that data helped very mcuh with the teaching. collabraton

interdisciplinary imagination - goldsmiths terminology stuff is there data , institue cannot / shouldnt say no that sketchbook is mine.

goldsmiths research online

  • roadshows in GS
  • helps with audit
  • regular meetings
  • training on going…

RDM (research data management) DCC helped PI has responsabity to work with the RDM policy

PI takes responsibly to work with the Research Data Management policy at GS - Goldsmiths using ePrints - Tetrabyte(?) of Storage #jiscmrd

Goldsmiths are looking at ckan next as well… #jiscmrd

frustratingly strange web connection at RIBA for #jiscmrd - was connecting web data to my data :(

Speaker 6

Arts Research Data – It’s as easy as 123 or is that ABC? - Robin Burgess, KAPTUR Project Officer

The aim of this presentation is to describe the processes that lead to the development of the RDM Policy at GSA, something GSA did not have prior to engaging with KAPTUR. The focus will be on methods that can be utilised by other academic institutions (such as the Environmental Assessment), sharing lessons learned (such as obtaining institutional support for development) and giving thoughts behind teaching and training (engaging with researchers and students). The presentation will be centred around the A-Z or Arts Research Data, a visual tool for helping researchers understand their data. Information expressed will be particularly focused on the view points and concerns of arts based researchers. The presentation will consist of visual and verbal content, song/prose, examples and interactive discussion with the aim of expressing the interesting and complex nature of Arts Research Data.


Creative Scotland ? GSA high flying so it sounds likethat should have RDM policies but it was found there was none involvment in KAPTUR would be very important Fine Art, Designer , Art History - breath of responses. RD not a useful term Multi roles

FLickr -

GSA definiation of RD - some details from Leeds ? (Intresting) GSA wanted Innovative way to represent the tangible EA - created A-Z from EA - quote and EA DATA he showed letters for KAPTURE - demo (postcards) Flickr these

“Robin Burgess, Glasgow school of art, taking us through his ABC of Kaptur"

DCC road shows

Training to think about what is the process to get to finished product thus what is the RD that would make it up How we manage a sketchbook as RD ?

EPSRC deadline May 2015 - DM policy

Simple lesson learnt

  • Communicate
  • early buy in

wow KAPTUR project seems to have really moved forward Art & Design Research Data Management & implimentation at all the project partners - images

Project lead (?) has issues with Creative Commons licence - seems strange something written by lawyers that offers a way out of the hell that is the money making machine that is copyright now…

Speaker 7

Engaging policies at UAL: towards a policy for Research Data Management - Sarah Mahurter, KAPTUR Project Officer

This paper will explore the benefits of the KAPTUR project to University of the Arts London. It will look at the evidence from interviews with researchers, and consider the implications of the need to store and archive data which is produced in a variety of non-text based media. The paper will look at how the project engaged with Library Services and Research Management and Administration unit and raised awareness of research data produced in the visual arts and at UAL specifically.


Institutional road map DCC seems to play a larger role - inclued survey tools from DCC @UALKaptur RDM policy available here: Owl by Roger Warren UAL - nice picture - central st martins Musuem and study Collection intresting as OWL picture is squashed / fatter on slidedeck (I prefer the fat one (remixed) - artist might not ;)

More rseaerch data than other diciplines RD terminology not understood - same in all partners

Process / fieldwork - interviews to help make RD definition archieving the process as term versus RD Nature of RD - images - intervews - web - observatios - movies - sketchbooks - papers - etc Slide samples of the type of RD Wallace collection becomes RD how could we have collected that… Assume it is reference.. but I guess you need to ensure that the collection is avalible for your future self

sounds like a number of these places have a team that works on RDM - Guess this would fall into WSA Global Futures remit , with library and the larger research centre(?) creted something called TAG process - identify your research data internal conference presented data

funding understand was underdeveloped pre KAPTURE and now has raised awreness od RD in the visual arts working definition has been created…

My Questions

  • Do UOS have a RDM (I expect so)
  • Do we have ckan
  • could an instance of EdShare work like ckan…
  • chat to Ryan Bishop
  • Link slidedecks to my notes
  • contact some key players from KAPTURE if possible
  • Can we do a simple Enviromental Assessement (EA) at WSA using same methodology - see DCC ?


Themes same , some implementations different - which is fine/great to see. Case Studies published today on KAPTURE project site

Plenary Questions

  • What have you learned today? -
  • How will this impact on yuor practice ? -
  • What are the challenges ahead ?

3 questions handed in

“Thought REF process would do this anyway - surprised by this.”

Capture from thr beginning

Time to go back is hard - even PI says his work is on Dropbox but not ordered.

Sharing is good - assumed that everyone would share but…

Outside of the arts - there are way’s to Describe the existence of data without showing you the data but with with pictures that you can’t show them… How do I describe without showing. Thus Hard to search

Compliance rate - academics will just label this as “admin” work, Output work but…will they do this

This is a long journey Compliance with the welcome trust Open access policy - only 50/60% but this had been there for 10 year

Cultural change to how why this a good thing. Making that case is not easy - apparent at this stage.

Not enforced… Funders want to spend not on research not enforcement - they hope the good of this will win over. But they will start enforcing

Resourcing / making the case / arguments DCC can help.

Big risk re file formats / multi formats bad idea - need to possible standardise formats. Museums / galleries

Soton project flagging Out of date file formats

Make data discoverable… Data citation area bad in creative arts - Semantic web will help

How do you manage collections you don’t own … As this is RD

  • PI should manage the life of research data ??

Collection management policy Try to avoid I’ve been clearing out X would you like it - no

Public funded output stuff has to be available and DManaged , so does the rest fall by the way side for example hurst stuff would never have been ‘collected’ - ask Simonguy @

The greater good .. Cultural change issue / funding / horror if what REF is all about…

Maria Teresa kapture project manager