IDCC - JISC special session on research data


I joined several researchers today at a special session of the 10th International Digital Curation Conference about the JISC data spring call. Many interesting ideas and presentations including a proposed project by Ximena Alarcon on sound and audio spaces.
My presentation was about recording contextual research data which are typically unavailable as part of the final research output. I have been looking at the semantic desktop ontologies (nepomuk) which offer a reasonable framework for tracking researcher's activity on the desktop. Given that much of the research is currently undertaken in front of a computer, it makes sense to employ such tools to capture contextual data.
I managed to speak to a lot of people about this project including:

  • Christopher Gutteridge with whom I discussed a number of metrics that could be considered for recording activity on the desktop, some of them being used in lifelogging (Christopher works with a lifelogging expert Ash Smith in Southampton)
    • app switches
    • computer state (screen size)
    • screen captures
    • computer movement
    • proximity with other people (bluetooth)
    • location data
  • Simon Coles who talked about a recipe book for research methods in science with similar issues to collecting contextual research data in science.

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