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Documenting your research data - presentation and materials

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posted on 2024-06-06, 09:29 authored by Northumbria Research DataNorthumbria Research Data, Beth Houlis, Lauren McDonald
These materials were produced for the Metadata for Reproducibility Using LEGO® session presented at Northumbria’s PGR Conference on Thursday 6th June 2024.


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  • ‘Documenting your research data’ PowerPoint presentation
  • ‘Documenting your research data’ A4 Handout
  • Accompanying Word document containing useful links
Overview of session

This session explored metadata and documentation using LEGO®. Attendees learnt how to make their research data and files more reproducible by using metadata standards and documentation effectively.

The LEGO® Metadata for Reproducibility game is an interactive game for 4-24 players, using LEGO® to help researchers explore the metadata they might need to record to aid reproducibility. The game addresses issues including planning for metadata, formats of metadata recording, standards and automation.

Researchers formed small groups to build a small LEGO® model. Each group then left directions to allow another group to replicate their model, according to the instructions on their table.

Each group were given a different bag of LEGO® and slightly different instructions and resources available to help understand how to effectively describe and document research data.

The interactive workshop was followed by a short presentation on documentation.

Attribution
Session and event description adapted from: Donaldson, M. and Mahon, M. (2019); LEGO® Metadata for Reproducibility. University of Glasgow. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.36399/gla.pubs.196477

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