Managing and sharing Bath’s research data
Kate Ehrig-Page is a Research Data Librarian within the Research Data Service team at the University of Bath, part of the larger Research Services department, which comprises the Open Access, Research Analytics, and the Archives & Research Collections team.
Based in the library Kate works as part of a small team managing the University’s central research data repository, the ‘Research Data Archive’ – a resource that supports research produced by staff and students across the University and underpins other research outputs including articles, reports, and theses.
I’m always heartened when students come to us at the very beginning of their research journey with an eagerness to manage their research data appropriately.
The Research Data Archive seeks to make data supporting research conducted at the university more discoverable and accessible. This is useful to demonstrate the integrity of the research, it helps to back up the findings people are making, and it helps to build on your research - because if people can see the data, there is a real chance that the research will have a broader impact.
Whether it’s providing staff and students advice on Data Management Plan creation, storing or archiving data in the right way, answering bespoke data management questions from members of the university community, or directing academics to the most appropriate ethics committee – Kate’s role helps to guide individuals throughout the research data life cycle.
It’s been a really stimulating job to be dropped into.
On a personal level, it’s fascinating to work with Faculty to see the enormous breadth and scale of world-class research being undertaken at Bath.