We’ve just commenced a new project to investigate ways of improving research data management for researchers working with human participants. The scope includes research both in the medical sciences and the social sciences. The initial scoping phase of this project will last until the end of 2015 and involve interviewing researchers, clinicians, administrators, security experts, and service providers to better understand the issues faced when conducting this type of research and identify potential solutions to common problems. We anticipate that this will be followed by a second phase during which we will produce improved guidance and support for researchers, and potentially implement improvements to infrastructure and services.
More information about the project is available from the project webpage at http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/acit-rs-team/advice/research-data-management/participant-data-project/.
If you have suggestions as to how we could help improve any aspect of the research workflow, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about the problems you confront in your own research via firstname.lastname@example.org.