Research Data Service

Dealing with Data 2017 one day conference

Registration for Dealing with Data 2017 is now open in MyEd


In addition to the presentations there will also be a display of posters and staff responsible for a number of University research data tools and services will be available to explain what they do and how they can help.

09:30 Refreshments

09:45 Welcome: Kerry Miller, Research Data Management Service Co-Ordinator

09:50 Introductory address: The changing Data Landscape; “Data at the heart of everything”, Gavin McLachlan, Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University.


10:15 Session 1 – Making Open Data Work

Chair: Pauline Ward, Data Library Assistant, Research Data Support

Innovating with Open Knowledge, Lorna M Campbell

Case Studies and a quiet, but very real revolution in Observational Astrophysics, Nicholas P. Ross

DIY Academic Archiving: The Ethics, Politics and Practice of Making Open Qualitative Data with Omeka, Niamh Moore, Nikki Dunne,

Mary Hanlon, and Martina Karels

11:15 Session 2 – Balancing consent with Openness

Chair: Dominic Tate, Head of Library Research Support

Balancing the Local and the Universal in Maintaining Ethical Access to a Genomics Biobank, Catherine Heeney and Shona Kerr

The Challenges of Data Access for Historical Clinical Trials: A user experience, Tammy Piper

A critical look at methods for protection of privacy in the 2015 Charter for Safe Havens in Scotland for handling unconsented data from NHS patient records to support research, Paul McKeigue

12:15 Lunch - Announcement: winners of the first DataShare Awards

13:00 Session 3 – Is it FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, & Reusable)?

Chair: Tony Weir, Director of IT Infrastructure

FAIR Software? How can we make it easier to find, access, deposit and reuse software? Neil Chue Hong

From blank page to electronic labbook: turning the University wiki into an Electronic Lab Notebook, Eilidh Troup, Tomasz Zielinski, and Andrew Millar

Feeding the world one open access plant phenotype image at a time, Sotirios Tsaftaris


Session 4 – Protecting privacy in open data

Chair: Robin Rice, Data Librarian & Head of Research Data Support Services

Are anonymised databases truly anonymous? An introduction, Aryelly Rodriguez

Using DataTags to classify personal data under GDPR, Rob Baxter

Facilitating access to administrative records with synthetic data, Gillian Raab, Beata Nowok, Dawn Everington and Chris Dibben

15:00 Break

15:30 – 16:15

Closing Keynote

Chair: Kerry Miller

Open Data and the importance of Confidentiality, Control and Public Benefits, Dr Mhairi Aitken

16:15 Closing remarks: Kerry Miller

16:30 End

Photograph of attendees at Repository Fringe during the lunch break
Nov 22 2017 -

Dealing with Data 2017 one day conference

This one day conference will be held in the Playfair Library on Wednesday 22nd of November

Playfair Library Hall, Old College