Resource Discovery workshop
Location: RIBA, Portland Place, London (Map - PDF, 141Kb)
Date: Tuesday 22 March, 10.30-15.00
The amount of online resources and data is increasingly rapidly and, particularly in the current economic climate, it is essential that researchers obtain maximum benefit from these resources. In order to achieve this we need more understanding of how researchers go about looking for resources, where they turn to for guidance, how they make judgements about resources. These topics will be covered in the first part of the meeting. In the afternoon speakers will focus on ways in which advances in technology can promote discovery and enhance access.
In recent years there has been a very considerable amount of work in both these areas, much funded by JISC. The aim of this meeting is to bring together some of those who have been conducting these studies to share information and learn from each other. The emphasis will be on identifying results that can feed into recommendations over what action is needed to ensure the optimal take-up of these resources.
- Chair: John Pullinger, Chair of the UK Data Forum
- 10.30: Coffee and registration
- 11.00: Welcome
John Pullinger, Chair of the UK Data Forum
- 11.05: Opening remarks
David Walker, Chair ESRC Methods and Infrastructure Committee
- 11.15: Researchers of Tomorrow (PowerPoint, 1.2Mb)
Charles Hutchings, JISC Market Research Manager and Sophie Tanner, Education for Change
- 11.45: Understanding the User perspective (PDF, 806Kb)
Max Hammond, Curtis+Cartwright consultants
- 12.15: Discussion
- 12.45: Lunch
- 13.00: The JISC and RLUK Resource Discovery Taskforce (PDF, 4.5Mb)
Joy Palmer, Mimas, University of Manchester
- 13.30:The UK Data Archive resource discovery project (PDF, 444Kb)
Lucy Bell, UK Data Archive
- 14.00: Discussion
- 15.00: Tea and close
To book a place, please email Lynne Conaghan at the University of Warwick: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help with travel expenses please contact Lynne with an estimate of your costs.
Links to study relevant to resource discovery
- Researchers of Tomorrow (external website)
- JISC user behaviour observational study: User behaviour in resource discovery (external website)
- Improving the resource discovery experience: Executive overview (external website)
- Geographical information programme (external website)
- Linked data programme (external website)
- Activity data programme (external website)
- JISC/BL Google Generation study (external website)
- JISC resource Discovery programme (external website)
All of the above links describe the aims of the programmes and have brief descriptions of the projects involved.
Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods:
- Quantitative research resources within the social sciences - a WISERD working paper (external website - PDF, 569Kb) - a paper which provides links to many of the resources that need to be 'discovered'
- Achieving the Resource Discovery Taskforce Vision (external website)
- The Vision (external website)
- Resource Discovery Taskforce blog (external website)
- Mimas newsletter (external website, PDF, 618Kb)