1. Read the Data Audit Framework Exercise below.
2. Construct a 5,000-word essay responding to the scenario below.
The University of Plumtree is considering how to deal with all the data that is being created by its researchers. The institution recently won several large research grants, so it will be creating larger amounts of data than usual. Management wants to ensure this data is created and managed appropriately, as Plumtree recently failed to secure the follow-on award of one project due to data being lost in the first stage. The University is considering running an institution-wide data audit, the results of which could provide the basis of a University data policy.
A 500,000 Euro grant has also recently been awarded to develop the Institutional Repository. Management would like some of this money to be used to extend the repository’s services so it can accept research data. To decide on the best course of action the University is considering running a pilot audit in the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts. This should provide a clearer sense of the benefits of data audit and give some indication of the investment needed for an institution-wide survey. The Data Audit Framework is being considered as a potential audit tool.
University of Plumtree The University of Plumtree employs over 8,000 staff and supports over 15,000 students, 20% of whom are postgraduate. Across its six faculties, the University has around 3,000 academic staff. Research is a key driver for the institution and staff have an impressive record of attracting research council funding. 78 percent of Plumtree University’s departments were judged to be world-class or internationally excellent in the latest RAE assessment and the University is committed to improving on this excellent track record in the future. Center for Creative and Performing Arts As one of 20 EU arts centers of excellence, CCPA is renowned internationally.
It supports three cutting edge research teams, specializing in visualization, e-Dance, and netart. Moreover, Plumtree University Library is the home to one of the most significant theatre collections in the EU. It has extensive women’s theatre, live art, local studies, and theatre design collections. These are regularly used in teaching, postgraduate research and are sources for large research grants, for example, the National Review of Live Art video digitization project. Institutional Repository Plumtree University currently runs an e-Prints repository to preserve and promote access to its publications.
The deposit has been varied across departments. Investment has been secured to conduct a user needs survey to identify why more researchers aren’t depositing their material and to make refinements to service provision. The repository staff is also keen that a fair proportion of the money be invested in promotion as they believe lack of awareness of the benefits to depositing is hindering collections development.
Imagine you are the President of the University of Plumtree. You need to decide whether the Data Audit Framework is the best model to adopt. You are particularly concerned about getting a good return on the investment.
Imagine you are the head of the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts. All of the research assets created and used by staff in the Centre need to be audited. You’ve been invited by the President to attend a talk with the developers of the Data Audit Framework. You’d like to find out how the audit will affect the Centre.
Imagine you lead the institutional repository. You’re very interested in the potential to audit research data as it should give an indication of the extent and type of material you may be asked to deal with in the future.
Imagine you are the developers of the Data Audit Framework. Outline the benefits for the University of Plumtree of conducting an audit of research data and specifically of adopting your framework. You should think in terms of all stakeholders – the University management, the Institutional Repository, and individual Faculties, Schools, Departments, and researchers.