Research Data Management - Information Services Projects

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Dec 6, 2012 (5 years and 1 month ago)

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Conny

Bokgobelo

Juanri

Fouché

Lindelwa

Khumalo

Jerry
Komane

Nkosana

Mabuza

Johannes
Magagula

Mandisa

Majola

Mashamaite

Magret

Nyalungu

Precious
Zuma


Arriving at CSIR


UP information science students


High expectations


Expectations

(kept at the back of our minds)


Rules and regulations


Difficult work task and nervousness


Fun and playing on computers


Office layout with every employee in their office


Hard project leaders


Friendly staff


Research project to be exciting



Work Instruction


Introduction to the project leader Martie van Deventer


The signing of contract to ensure the understating to rules and
regulations


All project that students will partake in.


All project leaders to take their team in their offices.



Introduction to CSIR


Project leader explained what the CSIR does (
The CSIR is one
of the leading scientific and technology research, development
and implementation organisations in Africa
.)


The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa
to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.


The CSIR has eight research area’s which include the
biosciences and laser technology.




Biosciences is one of the research areas of CSIR
.









Biosciences


Drug Discovery & Development.

Expression Systems
.

Synthetic Biology.

Product & Process Development
.

Plant Bio Tech

Systems biology

Structural biology

Bioenergetics.

Gene
expression

Chemical
technology.

Enzyme
technologies.

Aptamer
Technology.

Discovery
Chemistry.

Bio Prospecting
.

Agro processing

Bioprocess


Terms

Definition

Annotations

Linking a simple text note to a content
resource such as an uploaded file.

(eportfolio.edutools.info/glossary.jsp)

Antibodies

These are proteins that are found in blood or
other bodily fluids of vertebrates

Bio prospecting

Pursuit of plant derived chemicals for
pharmaceuticals

Biocatalysts

The use of natural catalysts to perform
chemical transformations on organic
compounds

HPLC

High performance liquid chromatography

NMR(N)

The use of magnetic fields and radio waves
to visualize body structures and how they
function

Patent

set of exclusive rights granted by a state to
an inventor or their assignee for a limited
period of time in exchange for a public
disclosure of an invention


Scientific Workflow:


Conducting the
S
tructured Interview


Training and Mentoring:


Continuous feedback and constructive criticism, webinar,
workshops



Real
-
time Communication:


Face
-
to
-
face communication and various technology based
mediums e.g. E
-
mail, telephone, web 2.0 etc.


Report Writing:


This was done in order to provide feedback on our project and to
help with the presentation.


Dissemination of Facts:


No analysis of the datasets were required, but recommendations
and
demographical information is
available




Friday the eleventh:


Introduction to our projects



You do not get paid if you do not do your assigned task.



Remember that you know nothing that happens in biosciences.







Introduction to structured interviews


The
H

building.



Okay, all this and then…




Experience


Team


Members & Interns


Collaboration


Confident & Comfortable


Culture


CSIR (Bioscience)


Understanding Researchers





Work Environment


Life in Office Environment


Respect


Responsible


Getting used to time



Big Picture



Happy and interested





Little trip to CSIR in Modderfontein


Having a new partner for the interview and that meant having
to reconnect:


New partnership


New environment


New faces (researchers)


Same questionnaire


The interviews went smoothly and quickly (familiar with terms
and the questionnaire itself)...(PTA)


More work was done (researchers gave us their time and they
were accommodating and welcoming)


SDMS (scientific data management system) machine (software
that allows researchers to browse the novel network {search
for data}, link and index data, create back up’s, collect data in
all databases and produce reports)










The day went by very quickly “time flies when you having
fun”, couldn’t believe the day was over..all of us wished we
could go back.


On our way home we met “fluffy”... he is the snake skin we
found under the tree and one of the members took him home
(souvenir) and named him.


“IRONY” New beginnings for the staff in Modderfontein as we
were told they will be moving to PTA soon (out with the old
“skin”, in with the new.)


Researchers ignore information management


Single license for software


Old records are inaccessible


Restrictions on data access




Datasets are archived


Effective sharing of data




Researchers ignore information management


“The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
does not prescribe particular approaches, recognizing variance of
practice within the fields it funds, but does emphasize data
quality…” (Ball, 2010).


Old records are inaccessible
; they are in formats that
cannot be managed efficiently.


“Interoperability of metadata for scientific observations .” (Gold,
2010)


Single license for software


Restrictions on data access


Pienaar

and van Deventer (2009) identified a need for
repositories.






Datasets are archived


“Contributing as data scientists to ongoing research teams by
advising on and developing team practices and policies to support
both immediate and future data curation, reflecting domain
practices and needs..” (Gold, 2010)


Effective sharing of data


“Consulting with individual researchers and research groups on
best practices for data management… “ (Gold, 2010)




Some of the more important experiences gained
were:


Transition


Intercultural interactions


Contractual conduct


Collaboration


Interruptions / First Webinar


Web 2.0 Technologies


Feedback


Appreciative Inquiry


Some of the more important lessons learnt were:


Working under pressure


Group work


Communication skills


Time management


Meeting objectives


Don’t be disregarded


Self
-
motivation


Research process


Effective data management requires:


File Management Systems(FMS)


Data Management Systems(DMS)


Right knowledge to effectively use technology.


Recommendations for CSIR Biosciences:


Standardised guidelines for the management of information


Implementation of an electronic lab book system.


A larger storage base


Easier process and system for filing and submitting proposals and
publications.


A dedicated maintenance team









A great learning experience


Recommendations for experiential learning:


More time (about a month)


Transportation


Experiencing different projects (exchange)


Time to understand and share experience with other groups

Bruno

Dr van Deventer