CAPTURE Talks is a series of invited talks relating to documentation of research data, data creation, data reuse and other topics we in CAPTURE find fascinating.

CAPTURE Talk: Kathleen Gregory - Disciplining data

Wednesday October 6th 2021, 13.15-15.

Talk titled "Disciplining data" by Dr. Kathleen Gregory, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa; Scholarly Communications Lab, Ottawa/Vancouver.

Abstract: Disciplinary domains frame data work and our understanding and support of research data practices. Not only do disciplinary norms shape researchers’ practices of data creation, sharing and reuse, but other actors - repositories, system developers, research evaluators, and researchers of science and scholarly communication - rely on disciplinary classifications to develop tools and services and to make decisions.
In this exploratory talk, I discuss some of the thorny issues which arise when disciplining data, both in terms of determining the disciplines of data and in taming data to fit into existing classification systems and approaches. I look at the ways in which data are disciplined from three different perspectives at varying distances from data, that of researchers, repositories and scholarly communication scholars and infrastructure developers. I consider what disciplinary classifications for data represent and what might be gained and lost in the process of disciplining data.
Kathleen Gregory is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Scholarly Communications Lab at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Kathleen holds a MSc in Library and Information Science (Drexel University) and a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Maastricht University. Her research focuses on scholarly communication and data practices, in particular on how people manage, communicate, understand and use research data in academia and public life.

Slides and a recording of the talk are available online.

CAPTURE Talk: Samantha Kanza & Nicola Knight - One does not simply “Digitise Scientific Research”: The challenges and opportunities of technology in the 21st Century.

Wednesday September 15th 2021, 13.15-15. 

Abstract: We live in a technology driven era where emails, electronic systems and smart assistants are commonplace, and yet despite this there is an abnormally large amount of scientific research that is still recorded on paper. Additionally, even when data and research is captured electronically, it is of limited use unless it is adequately stored, labelled and made available in a machine-readable format. This talk explores some of the challenges and opportunities of digitising scientific research in the 21st century. We will also discuss the affordances of the semantic web, demonstrating where it can be used across the entire scientific research process; noting some lessons learned, and providing some recommendations for going forward in the future.

Dr Samantha Kanza is an Enterprise Fellow at the University of Southampton, and she coordinates the AI 4 Scientific Discovery Network and works on a number of different research projects. Her background is in Computer Science and her PhD focused on Semantic Tagging of Scientific Documents and Electronic Lab Notebooks. Samantha works in the interdisciplinary research area of applying computer science techniques to the scientific domain, specifically through the use of semantic web technologies and artificial intelligence. Her research includes looking at electronic lab notebooks and smart laboratories, to improve the digitization and knowledge management of the scientific record using semantic web technologies.

Dr Nicola Knight is an Enterprise Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working on the Physical Sciences Data-Science Service (PSDS). She completed her Masters of Chemistry (MChem) at the University of Southampton before undertaking a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Frey. Her PhD focused on the interface between Chemistry and Computing with research in chemical modelling, remote experiments and the implementation of IoT technology in scientific research. Nicola’s current research interests are in the use of computing in scientific labs and notetaking with particular interest in IoT technologies and streamlining the research process. 

The talk is co-hosted by CAPTURE, the Department of ALM and the Centre for Digital Humanities Uppsala.

Recording of the talk is available online.

CAPTURE Talk: Sarah Callaghan - Frontiers of data publishing

Tuesday March 23 at 2.15-4.00 pm CET

Data are an essential and foundational part of the research process – without good data, we can’t make good decisions, and the conclusions derived from our results won’t stand up to scrutiny. Research data is getting increasingly complicated and large, so we need incentives and structures to share and publish data in order to ensure the reproducibility and verifiability of the scientific record. This talk will give an overview of data publishing from the point of view of the presenter, who started research life as a data creator, then became a data manager, and is now an academic editor.

Dr Sarah Callaghan is Editor-in-Chief of Patterns, a journal devoted to sharing data science solutions across domain boundaries.

The talk is co-hosted by CAPTURE, the Department of ALM Research Seminar and the Centre for Digital Humanities Uppsala.

Recording of the talk is available online.

Last modified: 2021-10-10