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Using social media data responsibly in research

Here at Westminster, research using social media data where the research concerns users is considered as if working with human participants in real life. Your research design is therefore subject to the same ethical considerations and ethical review as if you were collecting observational data in the field.  In this blog post, we’ve compiled some …

How to license your research data

Research funding bodies, institutions, and publishers are increasingly encouraging or mandating that the research data underpinning your research outputs are also published and made available for validation and re-use by others. Applying a licence to your research data enables you to establish copyright and set out how and in what circumstances your research data can …

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What is Open Research?

In the first of our series of daily blog posts to mark International Open Access Week 2021, we’re highlighting the tools, support, and infrastructure available at Westminster to support Open Research beyond open access to scholarly publications. Open Research (or, Open Science) looks different for each discipline, but it extends the principle of open access …

WestminsterResearch VRE: new guidance on adding datasets

We have published new guidance on registering datasets as outputs in the Westminster VRE repository of research outputs. The guidance details the step-by-step process to register a dataset that has been published via an external research data repository such as Figshare or Zenodo, as well as guidance on adding a dataset for preservation in the …

How to publish your research data

In the last few years it has become standard practice for research funding bodies, institutions, and publishers to request or mandate that the research data underpinning your research outputs are also published and made available for validation and re-use by others. The ‘reproducibility crisis’ widely reported in the media in 2015 – spurred by a …

How to find open access journal articles and open access data

Despite the drive to achieve open access to scholarly research results encouraged by the submission requirements of REF2021 and the principles of Plan S, much research remains locked behind publisher paywalls. In this blogpost, we’ll take a look at some of the ways that you can still legally and freely access paywalled articles, and some …

Sharing your data responsibly: FAIR data and CARE data

The theme of International Open Access Week this year is ‘Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion’. The theme is a recognition that while openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness …

International Open Access Week: 19 October – 25 October

International Open Access Week, Monday 19 – Sunday 25 October is an annual, global event to raise awareness about open access and to advocate for open access to be adopted as the norm in scholarship and research.   Theme This year’s theme, ‘Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion’, provides an opportunity to …

Working with Special Licence and Secure Lab data at home

Do you use Special Licence or Secure Lab data in your research? Find out how to access Special Licence and Secure Lab data from home.   The UK Data Service has announced two sets of temporary conditions of use that enable researchers to access Special Licence and Secure Lab data from home during the COVID-19 …