Alex Ball — Documents

The full text is available for most of these documents; the others are not intended for widespread dissemination, but I can send you a copy if you are interested and ask me nicely.

Some documents also have records within the University of Bath Research Portal.

You can filter the list by date and type. The earliest publication listed is from October 2003.

Here are my publications and public presentations from between 23rd September 2014 and 23rd September 2020.


Metadata for Better Data
Alexander Ball
March 2020.
Catalogue & Index 198, 17-20.
Choose Your Own Research Data Management Guidance
Alex Ball; Kellie Snow; Peter Obee; Greg Simpson
September 2017.
International Journal of Digital Curation [ISSN 1746-8256] 12:1, 13-21.
Alexander Ball
June 2015.
International Journal of Digital Curation [ISSN 1746-8256] 10:1, i-v.
Alexander Ball
December 2014.
International Journal of Digital Curation [ISSN 1746-8256] 9:2, i-iii.

Book chapters

The Minimum Mandatory Metadata Sets for the KIM Project and RAIDmap
Alexander Ball; Mansur Darlington; Christopher McMahon
January 2017.
Developing Metadata Application Profiles, ed. Mariana Curado Malta, Ana Alice Baptista, Paul Walk (Hershey, PA: IGI Global), 37-64.


RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report
Alex Ball; Jane Greenberg; Keith Jeffery; Rebecca Koskela
January 2016.
Research Data Alliance.
How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics
Alex Ball; Monica Duke
June 2015.
Digital Curation Centre.

Conference papers

The Tombstone Protocol: An Undertaking for Unfortunate Events
Alexander Ball
17–20 February 2020.
15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC20): "Collective Curation: the many hands that make data work", Croke Park, Dublin.
Scratching That Itch: Process Improvement and Problem Solving in the University of Bath Research Data Archive
Alexander Ball
10–13 June 2019.
Open Repositories 2019: "All the User Needs", Universität Hamburg, Germany.


Hold That Thought: DOIs and Early Access to Datasets
Alexander Ball
1–4 June 2020.
Open Repositories 2020: "Open for All", Stellenbosch, South Africa.
A Generalist Perspective on Data Citation
Alexander Ball
16–19 July 2019.
2019 ESIP Summer Meeting: "Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information", Tacoma, Washington.
Licensing Research Data
Alexander Ball
28 May 2019.
PGcert Biocuration Webinars - Module 3, Online.
Serious Gaming: Creating a Research Data Management Adventure
Alexander Ball; Samuel Simango
15–16 November 2018.
15th Stellenbosch University Library Symposium: "Smarter Libraries: User Experience (UX) in Action", Stellenbosch Institute for Advance Studies, South Africa.
RDA Metadata
Keith Jeffery; Alexander Ball
15–16 October 2018.
GO FAIR Metadata for Machines (M4M) Workshop, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Metadata Standards Catalog: End of Part 2
Alexander Ball
21–23 March 2018.
Research Data Alliance Eleventh Plenary Meeting: "From Data to Knowledge", Berlin, Germany.
Mapping to the RDA MIG Metadata Element Set
Alexander Ball; Keith Jeffery; Rebecca Koskela
4–5 October 2017.
RDA Metadata Standards Catalog and Metadata Element Set
Alexander Ball
4–5 October 2017.
Archiving research data at the University of Bath
Alexander Ball
September 2017.
Springer Nature Meet the Expert Webinar: "Best Practices for Tracking, Archiving and Sharing of Research Data".
Metadata Standards Catalog: Demonstration and update
Alexander Ball
19–21 September 2017.
Research Data Alliance Tenth Plenary Meeting: "Better Data, Better Decisions", Montréal, Canada.
Metadata as Standard: Improving interoperability through the Research Data Alliance
Alexander Ball
September 2017.
Metadata: The Spirit of Research Data Management?
Alex Ball
June 2017.
Research Infrastructures in Social Sciences and Humanities: their potential and best practices in Italy, University of Milan-Bicocca.
Flying the Flag: In Support of Metadata Standards
Alex Ball
24–25 May 2017.
Choose Your Own Research Data Management Guidance
Alex Ball; Kellie Snow; Peter Obee; Greg Simpson
February 2017.
12th International Digital Curation Conference: "Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society", Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The Past, Present and Future of the Metadata Standards Catalog
Alex Ball
November 2016.
Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK workshop, The Studio, Birmingham.
Making Data Better by Adding Some Meta(data)
Alex Ball
June 2016.
2nd Data Management for TEDDINET Workshop: "Data formats and tools", University of Bath.
Reflections on Research Data Service Discoverability
Alex Ball
April 2016.
CASRAI Research Dataset-Level Metrics
Alex Ball; Thomas Ingram
April 2016.
BIOCADDIE Webinar: "CASRAI: Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information".
Metadata Standards Directory
Alex Ball
February 2016.
Dataset-Level Metrics: Knowledge Exchange, DCC, CASRAI
Alex Ball
November 2015.
BioMedBridges Symposium: "Open bridges for life science data", Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton.
Making the Case for Sharing with Indicators of Research Data Impact
Alex Ball
October 2015.
Library Connect Webinar: "How to Assist Researchers in Sharing their Research Data".
Summary of the Activities of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group
Alex Ball
1–4 September 2015.
15th International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC-2015): "Metadata and Ubiquitous Access to Culture, Science and Digital Humanities", São Paulo, Brazil.
Using CRIS to power research data discovery
Alex Ball; Christopher Brown; Laura Molloy; Veerle Van den Eynden; David Wilson
May 2015.
EuroCRIS Membership Meeting: "CRIS in the Information Landscape: The place and role of CRIS to support and manage Open Data, Open Access, and Open Science", AMUE, Paris.
RDDS: Metadata Development
Alex Ball
April 2015.
UK Research Data Discovery Service Workshop, Prospero House, London, UK.
Summary of the activities of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group
Alex Ball
9–11 March 2015.
Research Data Alliance Fifth Plenary: "Adopt-a-Deliverable", Paradise Point, San Diego, CA.
Metadata Standards Directory Working Group
Jane Greenberg; Alex Ball; Keith Jeffery; Rebecca Koskela
13–14 November 2014.
RDA Coordinating Chairs Meeting, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD.
Metadata for Impact: Lessons from the UK
Alex Ball
September 2014.
3rd EUDAT Conference, De Meervaart Conference Centre, Amsterdam.


Towards a UK Research Data Discovery Service
Laura Molloy; Kevin Ashley; Alex Ball; Veerle Van den Eynden
9–12 February 2015.
10th International Digital Curation Conference: "Ten years back, ten years forward: achievements, lessons and the future for digital curation", 30 Euston Square, London.