Lancaster Data Conversations

When is the next Lancaster Data Conversations event?

The sixth Data Conversations will be on Tuesday 18th September 2018, 13:30-16:00! 

Registrations are open!


Research Data: Keep it, throw it, put it in the vault..?

In this Data Conversation we want to talk about the long term value of data. How can we make sure that data is accessible and usable now and into the future? Should we be keeping all of our data and if not, how can we assess what has long term value?

Can I present my data use case?

Yes! We want to hear from researchers and practitioners from different disciplines at all career levels. In a short presentation (10 minutes) you could tell us about:

  • People who’ve made decisions about what’s really worth preserving for the long term.
  • People who’ve created data that has been reused.
  • People who’ve reused data.
  • People who’ve lost data.
  • People who’ve faced obstacles reusing data.
  • People who’ve moved institutions and struggled to access their data.

If you want to present just use the registration link and let us know.

What are Data Conversations?

Data Conversations are 2-hour events where current Research Data Management issues are discussed. We start with an informal free lunch for all attendees (Pizza! coffee, tea, cake...) followed by a mixture of short talks and panel discussions. Bringing our researcher community together in this relaxed and friendly environment continues to provide a dynamic and innovative platform. What's more, it's a chance to meet researchers from different disciplines and at different career stages. What's not to like! 

We will summarise discussions on our Research Support blog. We are also interested in guest blogs. Get in touch if you are interested in writing a post.

Who should attend Data Conversations?

The Data Conversations bring together researchers, research support staff and data management experts from all subject areas. Experienced researchers are welcome as well as PhD students.

Why Data Conversations?

Research Data is at the heart of the research process. Funders and UK Universities have recognised this in the recently launched Concordat on Open Research Data. But what does that mean for you as a researcher?

The Lancaster Data Conversations aim to bring data practitioners together to talk about how researchers create, collect, use and share data.

Views on RDM will vary across disciplines and research methods. Managing sensitive interviews differs from working with large datasets generated by sensors. We want to provide a platform to discuss on how you approach data management and what challenges you face.

"The benefits from opening up research data for scrutiny and reuse are potentially very significant; including economic growth, increased resource efficiency, securing public support for research funding and increasing public trust in research." (Concordat on Open Research Data, July 2016)

Please use hashtag #ludatacon for Data Conversations on Twitter.

Past and upcoming Data Conversations







Sharing Data – Benefits and Boundaries



Security & Confidentiality

Data Security and Confidentiality – How can we reconcile ethical research with open data?




Software as Data



Open Data

Open Data – Open Doors



Field Work

Data Stories from the Field



Data preservation

Keep it, throw it, put it in the vault..


We have blogged about some of our sessions here. Slides are available on the blog.

Data Interviews

When we started Data Conversations we realised how many interesting views and stories researchers had to tell. In order to make them available to a wider audience we started the series Data Interviews on our blog. Please get in touch if you'd like to feature in the series.