Managing Creative Arts Research Data

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Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

This post-graduate teaching module for creative arts disciplines is focused on making data and digital documentation that is highly usable and has maximum impact. The module content is particularly well suited for inclusion within MA programmes dealing with ephemeral art forms such as dance, music, visual art, theatre or media design. Learning is self-directed. MCARD-ExcersiceV1.0.pdf is an optional, summative assessment exercise.

This module, funded as part of the wider JISC Managing Research Data programme as part of the Curating Artistic Research Output (CAiRO) Project, offers data management knowledge tailored to the special requirements of the creative arts researcher who is producing non-standard (i.e. non-textual) research outputs. The module aims to develop the development of skills required by arts researchers to effectively self-archive and then disseminate data made through research activities. The module can also help researchers to better understand data management issues and then communicate needs to third parties, such as institutional repositories, in order to negotiate appropriate levels of service.

Downloadable resources associated with this module include a zip file containing module content as stand alone .html files, a PDF of optional, summative exercise, and a PDF version of the introduction.  Topics include:
Unit 1: Introducing art as research data
Unit 2: Creating art as research data
Unit 3: Managing art as research data
Unit 4: Delivering art as research data

Each unit has a suggested order (accessible via the navigation on the left of each page) and addition ‘Focus on’ content which further illustrates topics covered in the main body.  Module content can be accessed directly online at:

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Stephen Gray
Paul Clarke
Vince Jones
Sarah Jones
Access Cost: 
No fee
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Creative arts data
Data management examples
Data management stories
Data stewardship
Digital preservation workflow
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Arts and Humanities
Published / Broadcast: 
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Dataset - collection of information organized in logical record and block structures for use by a computer.
Contributor Organization(s): 
JISC Digital Media
Project administration and management
Digital Curation Centre
University of Bristol Department of Drama: Theatre, Film and Television
Contact Person(s): 
Stephen Gray
Paul Clarke
Vince Jones
Sarah Jones
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Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Course - series of units and lessons used to teach the skills and knowledge required by its curriculum.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)