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The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), through the JISC-funded KAPTUR project presents:

Research data matters in the visual arts

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Research data matters in the visual arts

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Research data is seen as a valuable resource and, with appropriate curation and management, it has much to offer learning, teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy activities in the visual arts.

Funded by the second JISC Managing Research Data programme (October 2011 - March 2013) and led by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), the KAPTUR project seeks:

  •  to investigate the current state of research data management in the visual arts;
  •  to develop a model of best practice applicable to both specialist arts institutions and arts departments in multidisciplinary institutions;
  • and to apply and test the model with four institutional partners - Goldsmiths, University of London; The Glasgow School of Art; University of the Arts London; and University for the Creative Arts.

Conference learning outcomes:

  • To improve understanding of the nature of visual arts research data
  • To understand the complexities of managing visual arts research data
  • To have some 'take-home' ideas to try out based on hearing 'lessons learned' through the case studies
  • To provide opportunities for networking and making future collaborative relationships




9:30      Registration


10:00    Keynote: Research data - challenges for the visual arts - Kerstin Mey, Director of Research and Enterprise, University for the Creative Arts

Drawing on exemplary artistic inquiries within the framework of Doctoral Programmes in the UK the presentation aims to highlight the diversity and complexity of research data for primary research and related issues of their capturing / documentation, collation, verification, citation, access and storage. These examples will also be used to foreground requirements for research data management, consolidation, storage and preservation in their tension to the specific nature of the investigations in question.


10:30    Supporting Research Data Management: the JISC MRD programme - Simon Hodson, JISC MRD Programme Manager

            The question of how to make the most out of research outputs, particularly data and other sources in digital form, is high on the agenda of funders, universities and researchers themselves.  Simon Hodson will give an overview of work in the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme to help research institutions provide support services for managing research data and other digital sources.   Although significant challenges remain, JISC MRD projects have made considerable progress in helping define and pilot the components required for such services.  Participants will be encouraged to consider to what extent these approaches can be adapted to diverse institutions and research areas.


11:00    Tea and coffee break


11:30    Piloting KAPTUR in the Arts - Carlos Silva, KAPTUR Technical Manager

            During 2012 the KAPTUR project has undergone a research for the most appropriate tool to allow researchers to effectively manage their research data in the arts and humanities.  The research has produced a set of opportunities for the sector to utilize existing systems but at the same time to enhance the user experience and successful management of research data.  The presentation will aim at showing the approach and research methodology took by the team and the different technologies that we use to create the technical infrastructure and pilot system for KAPTUR.


12:00    Raising the profile of Research Data Management: the UCA story - Anne Spalding, KAPTUR Project Officer

During the course of this project there were three key achievements: contribution to the Environmental Assessment Report, the composition of a discussion paper 'Towards a Research Data Management Policy for UCA' and as a result of this the creation of an RDM policy.  The areas of communication, dissemination, collaboration and an increased understanding of research data management are four key areas which have emerged as a result of this project.  Underpinning these areas has been the development of relationships with key stake-holders within UCA and also the participation in external events and training.  The following case study will outline the background, challenges, approach and lessons learned from the experience of working on the KAPTUR project.


12:30    Lunch in the Hawksmoor Room

      An exhibition of visual arts research data including an informal chat with:


13:30    Towards a research data management policy at Goldsmiths - Andrew Gray, KAPTUR Project Officer

            Goldsmiths' approach to developing an RDM policy has taken two strands: one focused on researchers, the other, which built on the first, focused on research support (including IT) and management levels. This began with the Environmental Assessment work and continued with individual meetings with key representatives; the Research Office, the Library and IT services have been identified as key sites for ensuring meaningful translation of good RDM practices. In parallel to designing and ratifying an RDM policy, relevant social and technical infrastructure that will help researchers meet the new RDM demands has also been set up. The Library, in collaboration with IT, has set up Goldsmiths Data Online (http://eprints-data.gold.ac.uk/), the open access online archive for Goldsmiths research data.


14:00    Arts Research Data – It’s as easy as 123 or is that ABC? - Robin Burgess, KAPTUR Project Officer

            The aim of this presentation is to describe the processes that lead to the development of the RDM Policy at GSA, something GSA did not have prior to engaging with KAPTUR. The focus will be on methods that can be utilised by other academic institutions (such as the Environmental Assessment), sharing lessons learned (such as obtaining institutional support for development) and giving thoughts behind teaching and training (engaging with researchers and students). The presentation will be centred around the A-Z or Arts Research Data, a visual tool for helping researchers understand their data. Information expressed will be particularly focused on the view points and concerns of arts based researchers. The presentation will consist of visual and verbal content, song/prose, examples and interactive discussion with the aim of expressing the interesting and complex nature of Arts Research Data.


14:30    Tea and coffee break


15:00    Engaging policies at UAL: towards a policy for Research Data Management - Sarah Mahurter, KAPTUR Project Officer

This paper will explore the benefits of the KAPTUR project to University of the Arts London.  It will look at the evidence from interviews with researchers, and consider the implications of the need to store and archive data which is produced in a variety of non-text based media.  The paper will look at how the project engaged with Library Services and Research Management and Administration unit and raised awareness of research data produced in the visual arts and at UAL specifically.


15:30    Plenary: KAPTURing a sustainable future - chaired by Leigh Garrett

This final session will explore the future requirements for gathering, curating, engaging and preserving research data in the visual arts.


16:00    Close

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When & Where

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Wren Room, 6th Floor
66 Portland Place
W1B 1AD London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) is a Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.


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