Alex Ball — Activities

This page contains a record of my activities since November 2005, when I joined UKOLN. Listed below are:

For the technically minded the information below is also available in iCalendar format and as an Atom newsfeed.

Ongoing duties

In the gaps between the occasions and events listed below, I am getting on with various day-to-day duties, including the following:

So far

By default this page displays my most recent activity. You can view different date ranges using the form below.

Here's what I did between 4th July 2014 and 4th July 2020.

Date Entry
2020-04-23
Attended the Researchfish Virtual Data Sharing Workshop, discussing plans to allow and control how data is shared by researchers and funders.
General
2020-04-01
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about implementing the new consortia membership model and details of the upcoming member meeting.
Staff Development
2020-04-01
Attended the Research Metadata Schemas Working Group meeting as part of the virtual RDA Fifteenth Plenary.
Metadata, RDA
2020-03-26
Attended joint session of the Research Data Management in Engineering Interest Group and the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data Interest Group as part of the virtual RDA Fifteenth Plenary.
Metadata, RDA
2020-03-23
My article, ‘Metadata for Better Data’, was published in Catalogue and Index, the journal of the CILIP Metadata and Discovery Group.
Metadata
2020-03-23
Received notification that my 24×7 talk proposal, ‘Hold that thought: DOIs and Early Access to Datasets’, had been accepted for the Open Repositories 2020 Conference, though the conference itself was postponed to 2021.
General
2020-03-02
Submitted article, ‘Metadata for Better Data’, to the journal Catalogue and Index, published by the CILIP Metadata and Discovery Group.
Metadata
2020-02-17
2020-02-19
Presented a lightning talk, ‘The Tombstone Protocol: An Undertaking for Unfortunate Events’, at the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC20). This talk was a runner-up for the best lightning talk prize.
Staff Development
2020-02-05
Attended virtually a DataCite Member Meeting discussing proposed changes to the membership model.
Staff Development
2020-02-04
Adapted script that performs specific data quality checks on records selected for consideration in the REF 2021 return, so that it also flags up when changes have been made subsequent to the last manual review of the record.
Software
2020-01-27
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 2.0.1).
Software
2020-01-20
Submitted a 24×7 talk proposal, ‘Hold that thought: DOIs and Early Access to Datasets’, to the Open Repositories 2020 Conference.
General
2020-01-20
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.6.1).
Software
2020-01-16
Updated bath-bst and biblatex-bath packages (version 3.2) and uploaded them to CTAN. These packages are intended for use with BibTeX and biblatex respectively, to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2020-01-15
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about data metrics badges, the DataCite Member Survey 2019, and proposed changes to the membership model.
Staff Development
2020-01-15
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 2.0), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC, Software
2020-01-08
Trialled staff development session on using R (part 2), given by Nushrat Khan.
Staff Development
2019-12-18
Trialled staff development session on using R (part 1), given by Nushrat Khan.
Staff Development
2019-11-19
Attended session on the principles of inclusive design, given by assistive technologists Tim Winship and Luiza Bell.
Staff Development
2019-11-06
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about account structure changes in Fabrica, and Scholix links.
Staff Development
2019-10-28
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2020 iConference.
General
2019-10-02
Received notification that my lightning talk, ‘The Tombstone Protocol: An Undertaking for Unfortunate Events’, was accepted for the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC20).
General
2019-10-01
Submitted a report on the Research Support Games Day workshop to Piglet, the library staff newsletter.
Staff Development
2019-09-26
Wrote script to perform specific data quality checks on records selected for consideration in the REF 2021 return.
Software
2019-09-20
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 2.0).
Software
2019-09-13
Submitted update to the harvard-university-of-bath CSL style to the official CSL repository.
Software
2019-09-11
Attended the Research Support Games Day organised by Glasgow Caledonian University. I experienced sessions on using Python (or Xerte) for RDM games, ‘The Publishing Trap’ by UK Copyright Literacy, and ‘LEGO: Metadata for Reproducibility’ devised by the University of Glasgow.
Staff Development
2019-09-03
Attended a visit organised by the University Staff Development Group to the SS Great Britain Library, Bristol.
Staff Development
2019-09-02
Updated and expanded script to diagnose issues with the display of thesis records in the University's Research Portal.
Software
2019-09-02
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 1.2).
Software
2019-08-29
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the biblatex-bath package (version 3.1), for use with biblatex to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2019-08-28
Received confirmation and certification that I had qualified as a Carpentries Instructor.
Staff Development
2019-08-22
Gave an online teaching demonstration as part of the Instructor Training checkout process for The Carpentries.
Staff Development
2019-07-17
Gave a presentation, ‘A Generalist Perspective on Data Citation’, as part of a panel, ‘Data Citations: What Makes a Good Citation?’, at the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting. I attended remotely.
General
2019-07-10
Submitted update to the harvard-university-of-bath CSL style to the official CSL repository.
Software
2019-07-10
Updated bath-bst and biblatex-bath packages (version 3.0) and uploaded them to CTAN. These packages are intended for use with BibTeX and biblatex respectively, to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2019-07-09
Participated in a Carpentries Community Discussion as part of the Instructor Training checkout process for The Carpentries.
Staff Development
2019-06-28
Submitted a lightning talk, ‘The Tombstone Protocol: An Undertaking for Unfortunate Events’, to the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC20).
General
2019-06-27
Attended demonstration of the Jisc Open Research Hub by Tamsin Burland.
Software
2019-06-24
2019-06-25
Attended Instructor Training for Librarians, organised by University College Dublin in conjunction with the co-located LIBER Conference, with a view to becoming a certified Instructor for Library Carpentry, Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry.
Staff Development
2019-06-19
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting which included talks on PID OPIDoR and EzDOIMenu, which can perform mass minting/updating operations, and how the USGS uses DOIs to support impact assessment.
Staff Development
2019-06-10
2019-06-13
Presented paper, ‘Scratching that itch: Process improvement and problem solving in the University of Bath Research Data Archive’, at the Open Repositories 2019 conference.
General
2019-06-06
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.6).
Software
2019-05-28
Gave webinar on licensing research data to students on the PGcert in Biocuration course run by the European Bioinformatics Institute.
General
2019-05-22
Reconfigured server to restore the original ‘flattened’ versions of the UKOLN website to the Web, instead of relying on redirects to Web archives.
Web Development
2019-05-21
Attended and took the minutes of a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter reviewing progress against the 2014 Green Paper (which explored the potential of the group), working on ongoing group projects, and discussing ways of supporting the broader Open Research agenda.
General
2019-05-14
Migrated the live instance of the Research Data Archive over to (a) a new server, (b) a different Linux-based operating system, (c) a new version of Perl, and (d) a new version of EPrints.
Software, Web Development
2019-05-06
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about usage statistics in DataCite Search, the statistics portal, and metadata provenance.
Staff Development
2019-05-01
Attended session run by Caroline Dangerfield (Head of International Relations) on the University of Bath’s Internationalisation Strategy.
Staff Development
2019-04-17
Contributed a post entitled ‘The Joint Meeting Of The Metadata Groups At The 13th RDA Plenary’ to the Research Data Alliance blog, in my capacity as an Expert grant holder.
Metadata, RDA
2019-04-02
2019-04-04
Attended the Thirteenth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I gave a live demonstration of the Metadata Standards Catalog.
Metadata, RDA
2019-03-29
Set up new server at Bath to host a new instance of the RDA Metadata Standards Catalog, since the previous version (hosted elsewhere) proved too unstable and hard to administer.
RDA, Web Development
2019-03-26
Submitted a report on the March 2019 EPrints UK User Group meeting to Piglet, the library staff newsletter.
Software
2019-03-14
Attended the EPrints UK User Group, where we discussed adaptations of EPrints to capture esteem, the new flavours of EPrints 3.4, capturing metrics, and future community development projects.
Software
2019-03-08
Katherine McNeill and Erin Wise from Harvard Business School interviewed me about how we keep track of datasets in the Research Data Archive and our institutional Current Research Information System (CRIS).
General
2019-03-08
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.8), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC, Software
2019-03-07
The paper proposal I submitted to the Open Repositories 2019 conference, ‘Scratching that itch: Process improvement and problem solving in the University of Bath Research Data Archive’, was accepted.
General
2019-02-19
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 1.1).
Software
2019-02-15
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 1.0).
Software
2019-02-06
Submitted new version of the harvard-university-of-bath CSL style to the official CSL repository, thereby taking over responsibility for maintaining it.
Software
2019-01-31
Gave a repeat of the presentation, ‘Serious Gaming: Creating a Research Data Management Adventure’, by myself and Samuel Simango, at the Library Staff Seminar ‘Have you got 20 minutes?’.
Software, Staff Development
2019-01-28
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.5).
Software
2019-01-17
Set up a new server to serve up redirects to prevent links to the UKOLN website breaking entirely.
Web Development
2019-01-16
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about the link-checker service, JSON support, search improvements and various fixes.
Staff Development
2019-01-11
Submitted proposal for paper, ‘Scratching that itch: Process improvement and problem solving in the University of Bath Research Data Archive’, to the Open Repositories 2019 conference.
General
2019-01-10
Wrote script to diagnose issues with the display of thesis records in the University's Research Portal.
Software
2018-12-11
Submitted a report on the 15th Stellenbosch University Library Symposium to Piglet, the library staff newsletter.
RDA
2018-12-05
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about the past, present and future of the Fabrica and API interfaces.
Staff Development
2018-12-05
Attended virtually a meeting of the UKRI Interoperability Working Group, specifically to hear feedback from the trial upload of research data information to ResearchFish and learn the next steps for this initiative.
General
2018-11-28
Attended virtually a webinar by Natasha Noy (Google) about the ideas behind Dataset Search, the open ecosystem for describing and citing datasets that they hope to encourage, and the technical details on how they went about building Dataset Search.
Staff Development
2018-11-19
With colleagues, met James Young from Arkivum regarding their new fully cloud-based version 5 offering.
General
2018-11-14
2018-11-16
Gave presentation, ‘Serious Gaming: Creating a Research Data Management Adventure’, by myself and Samuel Simango, at the 15th Stellenbosch University Library Symposium.
Software
2018-11-12
2018-11-14
Visited Stellenbosch University Library on exchange, along with University Librarian Kate Robinson. As part of this, gave presentation, ‘Supporting research data management at the University of Bath’ to Stellenbosch University Library staff.
Staff Development
2018-11-07
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about schema.org metadata and how it is used by Google Dataset Search.
Staff Development
2018-10-26
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2019 iConference.
General
2018-10-23
Met with colleague Lawrence Lockton, and Adam Rehin, Karmele Hernaiz and Steve Byford from Jisc, to discuss the Jisc Publications Router and our experiences of using the Bulk Import mechanism for uploading items into Pure.
Metadata
2018-10-17
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the biblatex-bath package (version 2.0.1), for use with biblatex to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2018-10-15
Provided presentation, ‘RDA Metadata’, for the GO FAIR/RDA Metadata for Machines workshop, but this was in the event presented by Peter Wittenburg as I was ill and had lost my voice.
Metadata, RDA
2018-10-12
Attended virtually a meeting of the UKRI Interoperability Working Group, specifically to enable participation in a trial upload of research data information to ResearchFish.
General
2018-10-10
Telcon with Samuel Simango on the Research Data Management Adventure project.
General
2018-09-26
Attended a webinar run by members of CILIP's Professional Registration Board on compiling a CILIP Fellowship portfolio and application.
Staff Development
2018-09-18
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter on the subject of operational planning, reporting, key performance indicators and metrics.
General
2018-09-12
Talked with visitors from Plymouth University regarding library support for postgraduate researchers, including research data management.
General
2018-09-06
Attended virtually a DataCite Open Hours meeting about the DOI registration API, the Event Data Query API and an example of research conducted on DataCite event data.
Staff Development
2018-09-05
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.4.1).
Software
2018-08-31
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2019 International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2018-08-29
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.4), improving the handling of the handout mode.
Software
2018-07-09
Attended the DataCite UK Summer Client meeting to learn about the latest developments in the Metadata Working Group, FREYA, DOIs for theses, and Fabrica.
General
2018-06-29
Attended a training workshop on how to use Skype for Business (formerly Lync).
Staff Development
2018-06-20
Attended session on digital tools for promoting library activities: Megyn Luscott on Instagram; Tamsin Reilly and Marylou Francoise on Powtoon and Canva.
Staff Development
2018-06-18
Attended and took minutes of a meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2018-05-29
Attended a visit organised by AULIC (Avon University Libraries in Collaboration) to the Bristol Zoo Gardens Library and Conservation Education Centre.
Staff Development
2018-05-17
Telcon with Samuel Simango on the Research Data Management Adventure project.
General
2018-05-14
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.7.1), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC, Software
2018-05-10
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Archiving and Sharing’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2018-05-01
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.7), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC. This version introduced support for IDCC 2019.
DCC, Software
2018-04-23
Updated bath-bst and biblatex-bath packages (version 2.0) and uploaded them to CTAN for the first time. These packages are intended for use with BibTeX and biblatex respectively, to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2018-04-17
Assisted in running a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at PhD researchers.
General
2018-03-20
2018-03-23
Attended the Eleventh Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I gave a live demonstration of the Metadata Standards Catalog.
Metadata, RDA
2018-03-19
Handed over my previous role in the Research Data Service to Alison Nightingale.
General
2018-03-03
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.12).
Software
2018-02-21
Attended and took minutes of a meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2018-02-20
Attended meeting between the Library Systems team, the Research Data Service and representatives from Ex Libris concerning the latter's new Esploro platform.
General
2018-02-09
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.11.3).
Software
2018-01-31
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.11.2).
Software
2018-01-30
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter on the subject of advocacy and engagement, and how to quantify these activities.
General
2018-01-26
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.11.1).
Software
2018-01-17
2018-02-18
Attended a meeting of the Pure UK User Group.
General
2017-12-10
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.3), making it easier to configure spawned compilation processes.
Software
2017-12-08
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Working with Data’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2017-12-05
Was interviewed for the University's Staff Spotlight series of news features.
General
2017-12-01
As part of the move from RT to TOPdesk, used a Python script I had written to migrate tickets across from the one system to the other.
Software
2017-11-30
Participated in a workshop to discuss how the Library's teaching activities might participate in a wider programme of curriculum transformation.
General
2017-11-18
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.11). This is the first version to include alphabetic and numeric styles.
Software
2017-11-10
Submitted a report on the EOSCpilot Data Interoperability Technical Workshop to Piglet, the library staff newsletter.
RDA
2017-11-09
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2018 International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2017-11-07
Attended meeting of the Pure Project Working Group.
General
2017-10-30
Attended and took minutes of a meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2017-10-27
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at PhD researchers.
General
2017-10-26
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2018 iConference.
General
2017-10-20
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.6), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC. This version introduced support for IDCC 2018.
DCC, Software
2017-10-18
Alongside colleagues, met with James Toon (Customer Consultant, Elsevier) to discuss Pure.
General
2017-10-16
Met with Cathy Pink to discuss next steps for developing the Research Data Archive.
General
2017-10-11
Attended a training workshop on how to use TOPdesk to manage enquiries.
Staff Development
2017-10-11
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2017-10-04
2017-10-05
Gave lightning talk, ‘RDA Metadata Standards Catalog and Metadata Element Set’, and ran tutorial, ‘Mapping to the RDA MIG Metadata Element Set’, at a technical workshop looking at data interoperability in the context of the European Open Science Cloud.
Metadata, RDA
2017-09-28
Gave a talk entitled ‘Archiving research data at the University of Bath’ as part of the webinar ‘Best Practices for Tracking, Archiving and Sharing of Research Data’, from SpringerNature's ‘Meet the Expert’ series.
General
2017-09-18
2017-09-21
Attended the Tenth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I spoke at various metadata meetings and demonstrated the prototype Metadata Standards Catalog.
Metadata, RDA
2017-09-11
Volunteered as a classroom helper in a Library Carpentry workshop consisting of the ‘Introduction to data for librarians’ and ‘OpenRefine’ lessons.
Staff Development
2017-09-08
Gave presentation, ‘Metadata as Standard: Improving Interoperability Through the Research Data Alliance’, on the work of the Research Data Alliance metadata groups, especially the Metadata Standards Catalog, in an Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) Webinar for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Metadata, RDA
2017-08-30
Started new role as Research Data Librarian (Systems) within the Research Services team in the Library at the University of Bath, though having to cover my previous role as well until a replacement is appointed.
General
2017-08-02
Telcon with Stellenbosch collaborators on the Research Data Management Adventure project.
General
2017-07-21
Participated in telcon to discuss integration between the RDA Metadata Standards Catalog and DMPonline. With Jimmy Angelakos and Sam Rust.
DCC, Metadata, RDA
2017-07-19
2017-07-20
Offered research data management advice to researchers attending a writing retreat.
General
2017-07-13
Participated in the Program Committee Telcon for the event Designing the Future Landscape: Digital Architecture, Design and Engineering Assets.
General
2017-07-10
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2017-07-07
Attended session on information literacy board game ‘Masters of Knowledge’ at the 2017 ARCLIB Annual Conference.
Staff Development
2017-07-04
Ran a webinar, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at early career researchers.
General
2017-06-29
Gave a talk, ‘Metadata: the Spirit of Research Data Management?’ at the conference ‘Research Infrastructures in Social Sciences and Humanities: their potential and best practices in Italy’, at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Metadata, RDA
2017-06-27
Andrew Hutchinson – discussion forum.
Staff Development
2017-06-26
Attended meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2017-06-21
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Archiving and Sharing’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2017-06-09
Claire Tylee, Zoe Hurley, Laurence Lockton on the Alma migration project; Steve Alston on the print journal weeding project; Katie Evans on the university's Principles of Research Assessment and Management.
Staff Development
2017-05-30
Attending meeting to discuss the online guides to using Pure, to be migrated to the new university CMS.
Web Development
2017-05-24
2017-05-25
Gave a talk, ‘Flying the Flag: In Support of Metadata Standards’, at the workshop ‘Open Research Data Management: Policies and Tools’ at the University of Milan.
Metadata, RDA
2017-05-22
Attended meeting of the Library's Web team.
Web Development
2017-05-22
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the beamerswitch class (version 1.2), with a new section in the documentation explaining how to convert existing beamer presentations to use it.
Software
2017-05-15
Released Oxref Biblatex styles (version 0.10) on CTAN for the first time.
Software
2017-05-08
Ran a webinar, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at PhD researchers.
General
2017-05-04
Talked with visitors from Stellenbosch University regarding the GW4 RDM Triage Tool and further opportunities for innovative RDM guidance and training.
General
2017-05-02
Participated in the Program Committee Telcon for the event Designing the Future Landscape: Digital Architecture, Design and Engineering Assets.
General
2017-05-02
Attended meeting of the Library's Web team.
Web Development
2017-04-27
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter on the subject of the supporting inter-institutional collaborations.
General
2017-04-26
Attended presentation on library provision at Stellenbosch University.
Staff Development
2017-04-24
Talked with visitors from Stellenbosch University regarding the library's support for research data management.
General
2017-04-24
Attended meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2017-04-05
2017-04-07
Attended the Ninth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I spoke at various metadata meetings and demonstrated the prototype Metadata Standards Catalog.
Metadata, RDA
2017-04-04
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at postgraduate researchers.
General
2017-03-31
Attended meeting of the Library's Web team.
Web Development
2017-03-21
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2017-03-13
Attended meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2017-03-03
Attended meeting of the Library's Web team.
Web Development
2017-02-20
2017-02-23
Presented a paper, ‘Choose your own research data management guidance, by myself, Kellie Snow, Pete Obee, and Greg Simpson, at the 2017 International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2017-02-17
Attended workshop on the CILIP professional registration process.
Staff Development
2017-02-09
Attended a course on whether and how to tackle fires with a range of extinguishers.
Staff Development
2017-02-02
Attended meeting of the Research Data Operational Group.
General
2017-01-31
Attended webinar on managing JiscMail lists.
General
2017-01-27
Submitted full paper, ‘Choose your own research data management guidance’, by myself, Kellie Snow, Peter Obee, and Greg Simpson for inclusion in the proceedings of the 12th International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2017-01-25
Krystyna K. Matusiak and Frank Sposito interviewed me about research data management.
General
2017-01-20
Attended a workshop on research software management, sharing and sustainability. This was one of a series being held around the country.
Software
2017-01-19
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Sensitive Data’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers. Lisa Slater also spoke at this workshop.
General
2016-12-14
‘An Open Information Age’, with Rufus Pollock – Open Knowledge International.
Staff Development
2016-12-12
Attended inaugural meeting of the Research Data Working Group.
General
2016-12-09
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Working with Data’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2016-12-06
Attended the webinar ‘Digital Objects, PIDs, Digital Object Identifiers’, organized by RDA Europe.
RDA
2016-12-02
Proposed paper, ‘Choose your own research data management guidance’, by myself, Kellie Snow, Peter Obee, and Greg Simpson was accepted by the 12th International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2016-11-25
Submitted a revision of my book chapter for the volume ‘Developing Metadata Application Profiles’ in response to reviewer comments. It was immediately accepted.
KIM, Metadata, REDm-MED
2016-11-21
Participated in the Programme Committee telcon for the 12th International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2016-11-15
Gave a presentation, ‘Research Data Management: a Guide for Qualitative Researchers’, as part of a unit on Qualitative Methods for PhD researchers in the School of Management.
General
2016-11-11
Attended public lecture, ‘The Rise and Rise of Machine Learning’ by Mike Tipping, organized by the Institute for Mathematical Innovation.
General
2016-11-10
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2017 International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2016-11-09
Attended a one-day course on the basics of project management.
Staff Development
2016-11-08
Performed peer review of paper submitted to the Data Science Journal.
General
2016-11-04
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at Clinical Psychology PhD researchers.
General
2016-11-04
Ran a workshop, ‘Research Data Management: Planning’, aimed at postgraduate researchers.
General
2016-11-02
Gave presentation on the work of the Metadata Standards Directory and Metadata Standards Catalog Working Groups.
Metadata, RDA
2016-10-24
Released bath-bst and biblatex-bath packages, for use with BibTeX and biblatex respectively, to format bibliographies in the Harvard style recommended by the University of Bath Library.
Software
2016-10-20
Ran a webinar, ‘Research Data Management: an Introduction’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2016-10-19
Submitted abstract for a paper, ‘Choose your own research data management guidance’, by myself, Kellie Snow, Peter Obee, and Greg Simpson to the 12th International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2016-10-18
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2017 iConference.
General
2016-10-17
Submitted a report on International Data Week to Piglet, the library staff newsletter.
RDA
2016-10-12
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at PhD and early career researchers.
General
2016-10-06
Participated in telcon to help plan the 12th International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2016-09-26
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter on the subject of the appraisal, retention and preservation of research data.
General
2016-09-15
2016-09-17
Attended the Eighth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I gave a presentation at the Adopters and Outputs session and spoke at various metadata meetings.
Metadata, RDA
2016-09-14
Attended the International Data Forum, part of International Data Week.
Metadata, RDA
2016-08-10
Released beamerswitch class (version 1.1) on CTAN for the first time. This class wraps around the beamer and article classes to provide a unified interface for working with multiple beamer modes.
Software
2016-08-05
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.5), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC. This version introduced support for IDCC 2017.
DCC, Software
2016-08-04
Carole Mundell, University of Bath – ‘Things that go bump in the night – and day!’.
Staff Development
2016-07-27
Ran a workshop, ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’, aimed at Faculty of Engineering and Design doctoral trainees and PhD researchers.
General
2016-07-21
I took the minutes.
Web Development
2016-07-21
Attended seminar with presentations by Helen Rhodes, Zoe Hurley, Alex Clarke and David Stacey.
Staff Development
2016-07-07
Attended the webinar ‘Prioritizing Digital Data Challenges in Chemistry’, organized by RDA US.
RDA
2016-07-05
Monserrat Taberner – University of Navarra, via the ERASMUS exchange programme.
Staff Development
2016-06-23
Ran a research data management workshop aimed at post-graduate researchers.
General
2016-06-14
2016-06-15
Gave a keynote address on metadata at the second workshop organised by the Data Management for TEDDINET (DM4T) Project.
Metadata
2016-06-08
2016-06-09
Attended the 5th RDA Interest and Working Group Collaboration Meeting on behalf of the Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group.
RDA
2016-06-07
Talked with visitors from Koç University regarding library support for research data management.
General
2016-05-30
Submitted a book chapter for consideration for the volume ‘Developing Metadata Application Profiles’.
KIM, Metadata, REDm-MED
2016-05-23
Attended a training session on delivering University services in an equitable manner to a diverse community, and the role of the Student Services team.
Staff Development
2016-05-16
Attended the launch of the new UK Chapter of CASRAI, and participated in the discussion to choose its first areas of activity.
Metadata, Metrics
2016-05-13
Attended a course on fire safety to enable me to take the role of a fire warden for the Library.
Staff Development
2016-05-04
Participated remotely in a synchronisation meeting for European chairs of RDA Interest and Working Groups.
RDA
2016-04-26
Ran a research data management workshop aimed at post-graduate researchers.
General
2016-04-21
2016-04-22
Participated in the Research Data Service Discoverability Workshop, organised by RDA Europe.
Metadata, RDA
2016-04-19
Gave a talk on data organisation and description at a workshop ‘Data Management for Research and Publications’ for the Department of Chemical Engineering.
General
2016-04-14
Gave a presentation on research dataset-level metrics as part of a BIOCADDIE Webinar on CASRAI.
Metrics
2016-04-13
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol and Cardiff on the subject of handling sensitive and restricted data.
General
2016-03-30
Attended a webinar on the RDA Plenary at Tokyo within the RDA Europe Webinar series.
RDA
2016-03-18
Attended a training session on writing for the Web in the University's incoming CMS.
Staff Development
2016-03-02
Attended discussions with visitors from Cranfield University regarding research support services offered by our respective libraries.
General
2016-02-29
Attended a course on recruitment and selection to enable me to take part in interview panels.
Staff Development
2016-02-23
Ran a research data management workshop aimed at post-graduate researchers.
General
2016-02-16
Presented a webinar on the outputs of the RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group within the RDA Europe Webinar series.
Metadata, RDA
2016-02-05
Submitted the final report of the RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group to the RDA as a recommendation output.
Metadata, RDA
2016-01-25
Attended an introductory course on how to analyse and improve processes for greater efficiency.
Staff Development
2015-11-24
Performed peer review of the Principles and Guidelines for Legal Interoperability of Research Data, an output of the CODATA–RDA Interest Group on Legal Interoperability of Research Data.
RDA
2015-11-24
Performed peer review of paper submitted to Archives and Records.
General
2015-11-17
2015-11-18
Attended the BioMedBridges (final) Symposium, ‘Open bridges for life science data’ and chaired a workshop ‘Better data-level metrics: quality and impact’.
Metrics
2015-11-06
Ran a research data management workshop aimed at post-graduate researchers.
General
2015-11-04
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2016 International Digital Curation Conference.
General
2015-10-22
Gave a talk on making the case for sharing with indicators of research data impact as part of the Library Connect Webinar, 'How to assist researchers in sharing their research data'.
Metrics
2015-10-15
Attended (virtually) the second meeting of the CASRAI Quality Dataset-Level Metrics for Repositories Working Group.
Metrics
2015-10-09
Attended a workshop with representatives from the research data teams at Bristol and Cardiff on the subject of training.
General
2015-10-01
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2016 iConference.
General
2015-09-21
2015-09-25
Attended the Sixth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I gave a presentation at the Outputs, Adopters and Experimentation Showcase and chaired various metadata meetings.
Metadata
2015-09-21
Completed induction programme for my new role.
General
2015-09-03
Remotely participated in a workshop session on Current Developments in Metadata for Research Data at the Fifteenth International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC-2015).
DC-SAM, Metadata
2015-08-01
Following the cessation of activity at UKOLN, started work as Research Data Librarian within the Research Services team in the Library at the University of Bath.
General
2015-07-23
Co-moderated three user group meetings reviewing use cases relating to the UK Research Data Discovery Service.
DCC
2015-07-21
Revision of 'How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications', submitted to DCC for internal review.
DCC
2015-06-29
Published 'How to Measure the Impact of Research Data', by myself and Monica Duke, on the DCC website.
DCC
2015-06-23
2015-06-26
Attended the 2015 LIBER Conference and the preceding workshop on library RDM leadership.
Staff Development
2015-06-22
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.4.1), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC, Software
2015-06-19
Session 3 of introductory management course, looking at assertiveness.
Staff Development
2015-06-12
Session 2 of introductory management course, looking at how to motivate staff and give feedback.
Staff Development
2015-06-10
Completed publication of Volume 10, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation. I also contributed the editorial to this issue.
DCC
2015-06-09
Attended (virtually) the kick-off meeting of the CASRAI Quality Dataset-Level Metrics for Repositories Working Group.
DCC
2015-06-05
Session 1 of introductory management course, looking at different leadership styles and motivations.
Staff Development
2015-05-29
'How to Measure the Impact of Research Data' by myself and Monica Duke, submitted to DCC for internal review.
DCC
2015-05-22
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.4), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC. Released corresponding Word and ODT templates for IDCC 2016 at the same time.
DCC, Software
2015-05-11
2015-05-12
Presented paper, ‘Using CRIS to power research data discovery’, by myself, Christopher Brown, Laura Molloy, Veerle Van den Eynden, and David Wilson, at the May 2015 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting.
DCC
2015-05-06
Attended (virtually) one of the first Webinars conducted by the University of Bath's Careers Service, this one on the topic of CVs.
Staff Development
2015-04-29
'How to Measure the Impact of Research Data' by myself and Monica Duke, submitted to DCC for external review.
DCC
2015-04-24
Represented the DCC at the DataCite General Assembly and Strategy Meeting.
DCC
2015-04-23
Gave presentation and facilitated at a workshop for UK Research Data Discovery Service participating organizations.
DCC
2015-04-21
Participated in telcon with Rufus Pollock (OKFN) regarding the Frictionless Data project.
DCC
2015-04-16
Proposed paper, ‘Using CRIS to power research data discovery’, by myself, Christopher Brown, Laura Molloy, Veerle Van den Eynden, and David Wilson, was accepted by the May 2015 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting.
DCC
2015-03-27
Submitted abstract for a paper, ‘Using CRIS to power research data discovery’, by myself, Christopher Brown, Laura Molloy, Veerle Van den Eynden, and David Wilson, to the May 2015 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting.
DCC
2015-03-23
Participated in telcon with John Kaye (Jisc) regarding metadata in the context of Jisc's Research at Risk activity.
DCC
2015-03-16
2015-03-17
Attended the Face-to-Face meeting held in Edinburgh.
DCC
2015-03-07
2014-03-12
Attended the Fifth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I gave presentations at the joint session of the metadata groups, the Outputs Plenary and the Metadata Plenary.
DCC, RDA
2015-03-03
Participated in meetings concerning DCC brand/management, the UK RDDS project, and DMPonline development roadmap.
DCC
2015-02-27
Submitted book chapter proposal concerning KIM/ERIM/REDm-MED minimum mandatory metadata sets to the publishers of the Handbook of Research on Developing Metadata schemas and Application Profiles.
DCC, ERIM, KIM, REDm-MED
2015-02-09
2015-02-12
Presented a poster, ‘Towards a UK Research Data Discovery Service’, by Laura Molloy, Kevin Ashley, myself, and Veerle Van den Eynden, at the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference. Also ran the poster-voting system and chaired the data papers session.
DCC
2015-02-04
Participated remotely in meeting between the Research Data Discovery Service team, various Jisc staff, and Kevin Ashley.
DCC
2015-01-30
Participated in telcon with various Jisc and DCC staff to discuss Jisc's 'Research at Risk' initiative.
DCC
2015-01-23
Provided content to Research Data Alliance Europe for a brochure summarizing the work of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group.
DCC, RDA
2015-01-21
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.3.2), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC
2015-01-06
Finished poster ‘Towards a UK Research Data Discovery Service’ by Laura Molloy, Kevin Ashley, myself, and Veerle Van den Eynden submitted to the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2015-01-02
Performed peer review of paper submitted to the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
General
2014-12-19
Completed publication of Volume 9, Issue 2 of the International Journal of Digital Curation. I also contributed the editorial to this issue.
DCC
2014-12-11
Participated in telcon with Liz Thrussell (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists), William Kilbride (DPC) and Matthew Addis (Arkivum) on the subject of digital archiving.
DCC
2014-12-03
Participated in telcon aimed at establishing common ground and scope for collaboration between Jisc and the ARL/AAU/APLU project SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem).
DCC
2014-12-03
Participated in kick-off telcon on Phase 2 of the UK Research Data Discovery Service, with Christopher Brown, Laura Molloy, Veerle Van den Eynden and David Wilson.
DCC
2014-11-28
‘Towards a UK Research Data Discovery Service’ by Laura Molloy, Kevin Ashley, myself, and Veerle Van den Eynden was accepted by the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2014-11-26
Performed peer review of paper submitted to the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
General
2014-11-25
‘Towards a UK Research Data Discovery Service’ by Laura Molloy, Kevin Ashley, myself, and Veerle Van den Eynden submitted to the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2014-11-14
2014-11-27
Performed update of DCC Tools and Services Catalogue, resulting in 21 new or updated entries.
DCC
2014-11-13
2014-11-14
I did not go, but a presentation on the work of the RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group by Jane Greenberg, myself, Keith Jeffery and Rebecca Koskela was given at a meeting of the Research Data Alliance Working Group and Interest Group chairs.
RDA
2014-11-10
Submitted reviews of papers submitted to the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference.
DCC
2014-10-21
Attended Amazon Web Services Government, Education and Nonprofits Symposium, at which the JANET Portal for Higher Education and Research was launched.
DCC
2014-10-14
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.3.1), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC.
DCC, Software
2014-10-02
Interviewed by Wellcome Trust Policy Unit on the subject of data licensing, in connection with sharing scientific data.
DCC
2014-09-24
2014-09-25
Gave presentation, ‘Metadata for Impact: Lessons from the UK’, at the Third EUDAT Conference.
DCC
2014-09-20
2014-09-24
Attended the Fourth Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, at which I co-chaired a meeting of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group.
DCC
2014-09-17
Spoke at the Autumn Workshop of the Research and Enterprise Network for Universities on the resources offered by the DCC for research data management.
DCC
2014-09-12
Published revision of ‘How to License Research Data’ (dated 17 July 2014).
DCC
2014-08-27
Performed peer review of paper submitted to the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
General
2014-08-14
2014-08-16
Gave a presentation, ‘Lost in Translation: Technological Views on Preserving CAD’ as part of the panel session ‘Frameworks for the Discussion of Architectural Digital Data’ at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists.
DCC
2014-08-07
Uploaded to CTAN an update to the dccpaper bundle (version 1.3), containing LaTeX classes for typesetting papers for the IJDC and IDCC. Released corresponding Word and ODT templates for IDCC 2015 at the same time.
DCC, Software
2014-07-31
Gave a presentation, ‘Preparing for the UK Research Data Registry and Discovery Service’, at the Repositories Fringe 2014 Unconference.
DCC
2014-07-23
Published Volume 9, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation. I also contributed the editorial to this issue, as well as two general articles: ‘Show Me The Data: The Pilot UK Research Data Registry‘ by myself, Kevin Ashley, Patrick McCann, Laura Molloy and Veerle Van den Eynden, and ‘Building a Disciplinary Metadata Standards Directory’ by myself, Sean Chen, Jane Greenberg, Cristina Perez, Keith Jeffery and Rebecca Koskela.
DCC
2014-07-14
Attended the Face-to-Face meeting held in Glasgow.
DCC