Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Sarah has over a decade of experience in research data management and open science. She is involved in many international initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud & Research Data Alliance.

Location Glasgow, Scotland


  • It's always good to get multiple viewpoints anyhow. Nobody has the full picture and getting different opinions helps to open up conversation about what is really needed and agree priorities

  • Great! Glad you like it

  • Great! Hope you're enjoying the course Samuel

  • @ElizeE This sounds great. Where do you work? Could possibly be a case study we add in future if you're amenable?

  • @JudithBrands Really important point Judith. Policies and services need to be defined with researcher input. Don't build it and find... they don't come!

  • Sarah Jones made a comment

    Glad you're all finding this useful

    Please also share critical comments. If there are things you miss or expected to see let us know. We hope to update the course in future so can address this

  • Great understanding Bamdad. Openness is the key driver at Delft and part of the overall University mission

  • Delft have been really proactive in building support into tools too. They use the "request feedback" feature in DMPonline and direct requests to the relevant data steward in each faculty so researchers can get tailored feedback on their Data Management Plan

  • Completely agree. I really like their focus on researcher needs

  • If you can build in incentives for researchers too that will help. Policies have more effect on risk adverse types like senior management in my experience, while visibly saving time or getting credit is more likely to persuade researchers

  • I'm going to put you in touch with Francoise Genova as she's a leader in RDM in astronomy and helped the community develop many of its standards

  • There are lots of DMPs published online. You'll learn about some of these during the course but by all means ask for pointers if you can't find relevant ones

  • Great to see people still joining. Post any questions you have in the forum and we can pick them up

  • Hi Deborah. Great to have people from all around the world. Please share the Brazilian examples

  • Excellent - welcome to the course

  • Excellent thanks. It's fine to use the paper model than online tool if preferred

  • This is fine. No problem not to share Elize.
    Most people haven't got to week 2 yet, but it may be worth checking in next week and adding comments on other people's responses. There may be similar experiences emerging

  • There have been several additional uses since we developed the MOOC. A group from Potsdam did a paper on this at the last IDCC conference and a workshop. See links below:
    Paper -
    Workshop -
    Unconference session -...

  • This sounds great - thanks for commenting @ElizeE

  • Hi Anja. Great question. Some smaller universities like Westminster and London South Bank University have adopted Haplo. See for example this paper and case study - and

    In the DCC institutional...

  • Yes, it is fixed for me now

  • Yes completely agree. A plan should change and be updated

  • Excellent, hope you enjoy the course

  • Excellent, welcome Henry

  • @LeenLiefsoens Great, thanks for sharing

  • Great. Glad you're learning new things

  • If you purchase a certificate you get continual access to all the content, but the videos are also available outside of the platform I think. Will check this and post a link.

  • It's fantastic to see how many of you have joined the course and how international it is. Please add to the forums and learn from us and each other.

  • Welcome to the course!

  • Welcome to the course Valentina. This MOOC will cover RDM services, but if you want to learn about researchers data management practices too there are some others courses and best practice guides which would be useful. I have put some links below:

    Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC:...

  • Some really interesting comments and examples on the padlet - thanks all :)

  • Hi @ElizeE I suspect you were the first to comment as there are more in the padlet now

  • Thanks

  • There are various risks with service delivery
    - getting too much / too little traffic which can make it hard to scale or make a case for sustainability
    - not having a good understanding of or access to end users
    - losing key staff which can make delivery difficult
    - increased costs etc

  • When institutions or funders require deposit in a set repository, that inevitably has different levels of access as you can't force everyhting to be open. Some repositories like Edinburgh DataShare focus on Open Data and point to other services if content can't be shared.

    It's not uncommon policy wise to require data to be shared once findings are published...

  • Thanks for flagging this Danuta. A page of contact for the data stewards is here:

    Ellen, are you able to confirm if this is the right page?

  • This varies by institution. Some may give basic support services (e.g. a certain quota of storage, access to training and consultations) free of charge. If several hours or weeks of staff time are costed into a proposal, this would usually be charged.

    Some repositories charge for large datasets too e.g.

    Cambridge uni - £4/GB for datasets above 20GB...

  • Good question Elize. Both processes could be termed 'cleaning' Often data archives will do processing steps to make the data ready for sharing which may be similar to processing and documentation that researchers do during data analysis. The DCC Lifecycle Model (which is a more complicated version of what is presented here) indicates activities undertaken by...

  • Bristol have done some really fantastic work around sensitive data services too. See this recent talk given by Zosia Beckles last week at IDCC And also the great Researchers, Impact and Publications (R.I.P.) game by Kirsty Merrett

  • Sometimes the most interesting things made with your data are done by someone else :-)

  • Completely agree Jessica. I think it's really important for content creators (researchers) to discuss with curators (e.g. repository managers) to ensure the way the data are made available suits access needs.

  • Good point Raffaella. Often librarians and RDM support staff aren't actively involved in the data analysis, but there are an increasing number of data stewards, research software engineer and data scientist roles that bridge research and support communities. Perhaps someone from that are can provide some advice?

    One course that may be useful to look at is...

  • Hi all.

    Thanks so much for joining and adding comments to introduce yourselves.

    I'm Sarah, one of the instructors, and work at the Digital Curation Centre in Scotland. I originally trained as an archivist and now work in RDM and Open Science. I run the DMPonline service and do various training courses for DCC, OpenAIRE and FOSTER Open Science. I also...

  • great to have you on board Boudewijn

  • Hi Burcu - thanks for joining. Great to see you getting involved in RDM services. I haven't forgotten your email on this either. Now we've run IDCC I'll get to clearing the inbox. Enjoy the course!

  • Very good point Lesley. We originally had some content on engaging researchers and I think that and some case studies of storage solutions would be worth adding

  • Yes, I agree. We originally had much more content but pared things down on advice of the pedagogical team. I think this is an area where we should add more though

  • Nice idea. That's definitely something we could look to add

  • Good point @DanCroft

    There are some really nice resources on engaging researchers:

    And some unis link storage allocation to DMPs to ensure researchers think about this early on and don't have DUDs (Data Under...

  • @MariaVivas-Romero Sounds good. There's a lot of data security and handling sensitive data, but I think you're at a medical uni so that's natural. It may be cover to emphasise how data can be shared within these constraints and use case studies and exercises to help people apply learning as Paolo says.

  • We used a case study like this in the CODATA/RDA data science school last time and I think it really helps the participants to contextualise the theory. I've always found that having researchers speak from practice is the most convincing and compelling too. Definitely good to bring people in to give personal tales

  • Kirsten Briney did a great series of short videos which are worth looking at for ideas. See example here:

  • I like the idea of pre-reading or watching so you can get hands-on in the training. Food always helps too!

  • Sounds great. Let us know how you get on

  • Glasgow uni did lab based sessions so researchers could write their DMP in the session and get advice from support staff at the time. They left having completed a task on their to-do list so that helped to give a direct benefit from training

  • @PalomaMarínArraiza This is great. Have you seen the AuthoryCarpentry course? This covers ORCID and bibtext too

  • I agree that training should be short. People zone out if sessions are too long. You also want to break things up with exercises to test and reinforce the learning. Webinars can work really well too as they can be recorded

  • Sarah Jones made a comment

    Really glad to hear you are all finding this useful. Thanks for all the contributions :-)

  • Definitely invest in google keywords and ensure you hit top of lists. This is how most people will find you. I only ever search for certain webpages via google as their internal search is hopeless!

  • @PhilippConzett Nice example Philipp. I like a minimal amount of scroll too. It's a hard balance to draw, but more pages and less scroll is my preference

  • I find images help too. It's hard to read big swathes of text online

  • This is quite often the case and can be really confusing to researchers. Getting people together at the uni to have a place that signposts off to other sites can help provide a single overview

  • Good to hear Vanessa. Glad the examples are providing inspiration