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Lancaster University Data Conversations

What are Data Conversations?

Lancaster Data Conversations have been vibrant two-hour events where current Research Data Management (RDM) issues are discussed. We started 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 provided a dynamic and innovative platform. What's more, it was a chance to meet researchers from different disciplines and at different career stages — what's not to like!

Now we have temporarily moved Data Conversations to an online platform for 2021, and these events continue to provide huge insight into RDM. This brings us many advantages. Most notably, for the first time we are delighted to be able to open our events to an external audience, although unfortunately we have been unable to devise a way of offering virtual pizza. Recordings of events will be available on YouTube and are linked below.

We will also summarise discussions on our blog 'Highly Relevant', which also features additional Data Interviews that detail even more interesting views and stories researchers have to tell. We are interested in new researchers to feature in the series, and other guest blogs, so please get in touch if you are interested in writing a post.

Lancaster's Data Conversations appears as a case study in chapter 4.3 of this book: Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The CookBook and also features in this blog post at RDA Alliance: Building Connections Through Data Conversations At Lancaster University

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 2016 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 (pdf), July 2016)

The Full Data Conversations Series

Please use hashtag #ludatacon for Data Conversations on Twitter.






Digital Humanities

How Digital Humanities Impacts Research Data Management (YouTube | Blog Post)




The Best Laid Plans… (External Blog Post)



Data preservation

Keep it, throw it, put it in the vault (Blog Post)



Field Work

Data Stories from the Field (Blog Post)



Open Data

Open Data – Open Doors (Blog Post)




Software as Data (Blog Post)



Security & Confidentiality

How can we reconcile ethical research with open data? (Blog Post)




Sharing Data – Benefits and Boundaries (Blog Post)