Established by the Senior Vice Provost and the Vice-President for Information Technology, the Research Data Management Working Group is charged with developing recommendations for support services that can be provided by various UAB entities to assist researchers in complying with Data Management requirements of funders and publishers. The process is designed to be driven by investigator needs and will include significant outreach to, and involvement with, the UAB Research Community.
- April, 2016 – Launch website
- April/May, 2016 – Survey of faculty investigators
- May/June, 2016 – Interviews with select faculty investigators
- May, 2016 (and ongoing) – Campus outreach
- June/July, 2016 – Development of recommendations
Survey of faculty investigators: In order to obtain a rough snapshot of current data management needs/issues, a short survey will be sent to all currently funded investigators. The survey asks for basic information about how they are currently managing their research data and invites interested investigators to participate in an in person interview to gather more detailed information.
Interviews with select faculty investigators: Investigators who volunteer will be asked to participate in a 30-60 minutes interview addressing challenges they face in managing their research data and complying with current and anticipated funder requirements. These interviews will serve as the basis for a series of use cases that will guide the further work and recommendations of the working group.
Campus outreach: In order to involve as diverse a group of investigators across campus as possible, outreach will include brief presentations to department meetings and various groups (e.g., Center Directors and/or Adminstrators)
Development of Recommendations: The group's recommendations will identify the priority needs for support and the university units (OVPRED, Libraries, IT, etc.) best suited to address them. They will also identify additional resources that may be needed. The recommendations will go to Curt Carver, VP/IT, who has agreed to review and provide feedback and guidance to the working group for next steps.
Working Group Members
|T. Scott Plutchak (co-chair)||Director of Digital Data Curation Strategies|
|David Yother (co-chair)||Asst. Vice President, Technology Services, UAB IT|
|Kent Keyser||Asst. Vice President for Research, OVPRED|
|Joseph Roberson||Associate University Compliance Officer|
|Elliot Lefkowitz||Director of Informatics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science|
|Lauretta Gerrity||Senior Associate VP - Research Administration, OVPRED|
|Tim Parker||Associate Director - Federal Area, Office of Sponsored Programs|
|Lee Vucovich||Chair of Reference Services & Liaison to Graduate Biological Sciences, the CCTS, and the Joint Health Sciences Departments, UAB Libraries|
|Jeff Graveline||Assistant to the Dean for Scholarly Communications and Copyright Compliance, UAB Libraries|
|Andrew Keitt||Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate Program, UAB Department of History|
Data Management Snafus
Why is good data management so important? This short video, prepared by librarians at the NYU Medical Center, takes a humorous, albeit serious, look at the problems.
Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts