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Telling tales: The power of data stories to illustrate and reach out

Presenter 1
Inna Kouper
Research Data Alliance; Indiana University
Presenter 2
Monika Duke
Digital Curation Centre; University of Bath
Presenter 3
Sarah Jones
Digital Curation Centre; University of Glasgow

In September 2014 a librarian asked for examples of good and bad data management practices on the JISC Research Data Management mailing list. The examples were to be used in training courses and engagement efforts. Following this exchange and several suggested links to examples, a session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) plenary (a global organization to facilitate data sharing) further highlighted the need for a repository of such examples. The repository would serve as a community resource to promote best data management practices, but also serve larger goals of effecting change in cultures around research data. Responding to this need, the UK Digital Curation Centre and the RDA Engagement Interest Group are launching a service to collect and organize stories about failures and successes in research data management, sharing, and re-use. This poster will describe our effort to date with launching this service. We will outline the framework for organizing the stories and our initiatives to collect them. We will also share preliminary results from the first round of story solicitations and highlight the challenges of making the stories useful. We hope that the poster will stimulate a discussion about education, engagement and outreach in social science data exchanges.

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