How sustainable is your research project website?

Many researchers create websites to disseminate their research without planning for how the website content will continue to be accessible and usable when their funding runs out. Websites are also rapidly outpaced by software and hardware advances, meaning that they cannot be relied upon as secure or long term hosts for research findings or outputs. …

Open Access Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice

International Open Access Week (October 24-30) is a time to advocate for openness as the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. This year’s theme is “Open for Climate Justice” and seeks to raise awareness around how open enables climate justice. Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgement …

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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 …

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 …

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 …