UAL Data Management at ARMA


Betty Woessner presented a poster about Data Management at UAL at the ARMA conference in Blackpool this year. It was designed by Artstemp Davinia.

  • 24th Annual Conference took place on Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th June at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre in Blackpool. – See more at:

The events we held in 2013-14

The first event  of 2013/14  concentrated on an internal audience, bringing together primary Stakeholders; people working with data in Libraries, Researchers, Research Centres,  RMA, Library and Special Collections, IT, CLTAD; as part of their research,  as confidential data, as specialist archives.

The event took place in the Kings Cross building, with Alex Kohn from UAL Research Online with Betty Woessner and Jonathan Rans from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) all presenting.  Attendees included representatives from RMA, the Legal team, the LCF Archive, Research Centres including Fashion Curation, Sustainable Fashion, Textile Futures and Ligatus.

Betty Woessner welcomed everyone to the event, introduced the project and outlined what was expected from this new platform. Alex and Betty introduced The Rococo Project, a project which they had been archiving and uploading to the RO Repository for Professor Stephen Scrivener. The co-design project started in the 1990’s and data was captured on VCR tapes, which were then digitised and uploaded to the UAL data repository so that the data could be shared, used and developed by other researchers rather than left in a box to become unusable.

Community of practice Betty Woessner and Alex Kohn (PowerPoint presentation 7761 KB)

Following on from this, Jonathan Rans introduced Data Management and how the Digital Curation Centre works with other institutions to identify gaps and raise capabilities across the sector.

UAL slides Jonathan Rans, DCC (PowerPoint Presentation 1276 KB)

After Jonathan’s presentation, the speakers took questions from the floor. These included:

The second community of practice: research data management at UAL took place at High Holborn and welcomed UAL staff and also an external audience, which included people from:

  • Goldsmith’s University
  • Imperial University
  • Royal Holloway
  • Surrey
  • University of East London
  • British Library
  • King’s College, London

Simon Willmoth introduced the event and Martin Donnelly from DCC came down from Edinburgh to Chair the event. Martin helped to develop UAL’s Data Management Policy and has a special interest in Research Data and the Arts.

Professor Stephen Scrivener talked more about his Rococo project and how the data created from the initial study in the 1990’s is still influencing his research now and how it could be interpreted and used by other researchers. He discussed the positive experience of archiving his data on to UAL RO and the positive outcomes he could foresee from this.

Martin then welcomed Robin Burgess from Glasgow School of Art’s Data Repository, who shared GSA’s  approach to research data and the development of their Research Data Archive and Repository.

The event was recorded and can be viewed here on YouTube

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Feedback about the Research Data Management Community of Practice

This is really important! More people need to know about this!

As one early-career research noted at the end of our last session.

“It never occurred to me that that data would actually be a source of material we would want to refer to over and over again…There should have been some thought about how you actually got that material, how you organize that material and how you make it accessible”.

Professor Stephen Scrivener



Community of Practice: Research Data Management in the beginning

Establishing a cross university Community of Practice around the developing area of Research Data Management (RDM).  This follows on from the adoption  and implementation of the UAL Research Data Management Policy:

UAL Research Data Management Policy 2014 (PDF)

and the development of a support infrastructure, training provision, and research data repository due to come on stream in September 2013.

UAL is currently the leader in the visual arts field in Research Data Management and is the first art and design institution to implement an RDM policy in the UK.  The infrastructure for RDM  requires the expertise and input from many university staff – legal and enterprise, RMA, library, IT, research and teaching staff, and external stakeholders.  These staff are spread across the university and colleges and may not even be aware of their importance in developing RDM. So, this community of practice  proposes to bring this diverse group together and lead the change.

The community provides a forum for advocacy and to discuss issues arising from the implementation of the Research Data Management Policy. It explores the potential uses of UAL’s research data within the University and its courses and promotes the university’s approach externally as an open access repository. It will helps to identify and address the training needs of specific stakeholders.

Lead in this project: Betty Woessner of UAL RMA, 0207 514 7690

Event and communications lead: Rachel Jillions 0207 514 7395