On 19 May around 55 researchers, supporting staff and policy makers attended the seminar “Research data management at UM”, which was organised by the library’s research data support team. The programme covered a large variety of topics, ranging from ethical theory to practice experiences by researchers.

On 19 May around 55 researchers, supporting staff and policy makers attended the seminar “Research data management at UM”, which was organised by the library’s research data support team. The programme covered a large variety of topics.

From ethical theory to practice experiences by researchers

Most of the participants for the first time learned about the ‘research data management code of conduct’ by Maastricht University (UM) and the UM Centre for Research Ethics and Integrity, what made them think about how important research data management (RDM) has/will become in their research activities. One tool the University Library offers researchers as support for RDM is DataverseNL. The participants heard about how to use it – for example, registration, documentation, and storage of research data, open data publishing – what experiences research colleagues made with this tool. The information on privacy law and its current developments on national and European level elicited great interest as did the talks on the Dutch RDM facilities, topics that were mostly new for the seminar participants. Last but not least, they learned whom to ask for support in RDM activities at UM and the different services, MEMIC and the University Library offer.

In the morning, prof. David Townend (FHML) focused on the relationship of scientific integrity and research data management, and Erik Jansen (University Library) introduced DataverseNL to the participants. Peter Doorn (DANS-KNAW) and Magchiel Bijsterbosch (SURFsara) sketched the Dutch data landscape and national data management services. After lunch, Jacques Beursgens (FPN) shared his view of how to develop a faculty policy on data management, Marjan Grootveld (DANS-KNAW) focused on responsible research and data management plans, and finally Chloë Baartmans (SURFnet) elucidated privacy law conditions regarding research data.

Practical issues

The last two sessions were devoted to practical data management issues. First, researchers from UM spoke about their experiences. Martin van Boxtel (FHML/MHeNS) highlighted storage of raw research data, Stefan Jongen (FPN) focused on publishing open access with open data in PLOSone, and Jimmie Leppink (FHML/SHE) presented the use of DataverseNL within his school. The seminar concluded with the presentation of data management services by UM service units, MEMIC (Annemie Mordant) and the library (Esther Silbernagel). The planned presentation about the services from the Clinical Trial Center Maastricht (CTCM) (Chantalle Moors) was unfortunately cancelled due to illness.

Some quotes

The seminar was very successful as can be seen in some quotes: “Nicely chosen variation in subjects.” – “Very diverse and informative!” – “I enjoyed the seminar, it was very useful.” – “Een mooi gevarieerd programma met stuk voor stuk boeiende sprekers” – “An inspiring day!” – “Essential!” – “Great seminar! “.

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