Advice

Information Management can advise on anything that has to to with the use of hardware or software in your research. We'll guide you from project proposal to implementation.

Project proposals

Researchers who are preparing a project proposal in which IT plays a role may contact Information Management for advice. Rob Goedemans can help you write the IT paragraph in your proposal in such a way that it is both financially plausible and realistic when it comes to implementation in the University IT infrastructure. Many IT applications are possible in your research, even in an environment that is as restrictive as the one we have to work with. It is often just a matter of careful preparation. Projects in which the thinking about IT starts after the first day of work are the ones that run into problems.


Data management

Good data management in your project is getting more and more important. Grant organisations like NWO are even starting to require a data management paragraph for new project proposals. Since careful handling, storage and (if possible) publication of research data is obviously the sensible thing to do, the University follows suit and has initiated a project to develop guidelines and strengthen support on this front.

Researchers who need assistance in writing the data management paragraph in their project proposal may contact Information Management or the University Library Centre for Digital Scholarship (Fieke Schoots).

New PhD's will be required to write a Data Management Plan at the start of their project. Relevant courses will be offered by the University Library, and Fieke Schoots may be consulted for help in writing the DM-plans.

Obviously, proper data management requires proper storage facilities. The necessary form and size of these facilities will be different for everyone. Minimal as they are, the standard storage options offered by the ISSC may suffice for some. Others will need (much) larger and more flexible facilities. Information Management experts can help you by sketching alternatives, comparing costs and (mediating in) the implementation of solutions. They can also advise on the archiving and publication of your data after the close of the project.


Databases

Some research projects feature databases with primary (eg. linguistic, historical or economical), analytical or experimental data. Designing a database that will, at the end of the day, answer your research questions correctly is not a thing one should take lightly. It is a matter of careful planning, considering options, exploring research angles and related questions, possible future demands/expansions, and then piecing together the construct that will serve everone's needs. Information Management has ample expertise in designing relational databases for research purposes, mediating between researchers and programmers to ensure the constructed database and its user interface suit the purposes of the researchers and their peers. Just contact us for an appointment. We will be glad to start thinking with you on how a database can become the most valuable tool in your project.

Some examples:
http://huge.ullet.net/
http://st2.ullet.net

Information management also offers help with <link>hosting solutions for databases.


Hard- and software selection

You know what you want to do in your research, but which IT tools are available to help you do it? And, sometimes even more importantly, which of these can I use in the Faculty? We can help you select the right piece of equipment and/or software and help you get it installed on your computer. We will check with them whether it can safely be used on University computers. If not, there are almost always alternatives; we will mediate. If you are not too hung up on your pet piece of software, we can get you started. If the software of your choice is really the only option, for whatever reason, we will do our utmost to enable you to use it.

Last Modified: 22-07-2015