Lancaster Data Conversations

What are Data Conversations?

Data Conversations are two-hour events where current Research Data Management issues are discussed. We start with an informal free lunch for all attendees, 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.

Previous Data Conversations

SeriesThemeTitleDate
1st Sharing Sharing Data – Benefits and Boundaries 30/01/2017
2nd Security & Confidentiality Data Security and Confidentiality – How can we reconcile ethical research with open data? 04/05/2017
3rd Software Software as Data 03/10/2017
4th Open Data Open Data – Open Doors 11/01/2018
5th Field Work Data Stories from the Field 10/04/2018
6th Data preservation Keep it, throw it, put it in the vault.. 18/09/2018
7th Planning The Best Laid Plans… 18/02/2019

Data Conversations will return during the summer vacation period!

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.