Research Support Systems

The Research Support Systems pillar of RES Hub has been created to enable researchers to dedicate their time to research rather than searching for research-related systems and tools to develop research proposals. 

Under this pillar we have gathered together all the common support systems and tools associated with the research process, from planning a project and applying for funding, to archiving your data. 

This list of links and functionality of the Research Support Systems pillar will evolve as we develop the RES Hub ecosystem over time, and as we gather feedback from the research community and understand the roadblocks to attaining research excellence.
 

FAQs

Stash is a platform that you can use to help manage your research data.

The platform features spaces where you can: 

  • create a research data management plan
  • set up work spaces and services to help with your research, like data storage, e-notebooks and survey tools 
  • create archival data records and publish your data if required. 

A research data management plan (RDMP) establishes a link between the project you are working on (even if informal) and your research data. It’s a way to tell UTS how you want the data to be managed—for example, who can access it, how long it should be kept and what should happen to it afterwards. Only the Data Manager and First Named Chief Investigator (FNCI) can edit an RDMP, and it can only be viewed by UTS collaborators that are listed as Contributors.

Possibly—it depends on the data. However, Stash can help you find the right data storage. You can set up a workspace for active project data when you do your RDMP. The type of workspace you choose will depend on whether you want a fileshare, cloud storage, or you need a supported application to store specialised data like computer code (Gitlab), microscopy images, eNotebooks, clinical trials, collections of digital artefacts, etc.

When you publish study findings, you should create a Data Record to record and archive a copy of the data that supports your publication findings. And at the end of the project you can also bundle your data up to create a Data Record. At this stage, you have the option to put it into Stash, or you can simply point to its location, whether on a fileshare, a URL, or a physical location. UTS can keep this copy for the mandatory retention period in the case of publication-related data, and you can find it again easily if you need it later. Win-Win!

A data record is a record of the research data, whether primary or processed, to locate your research findings. It should include any documentation necessary to understand or reproduce your research, including code and any type of digital artefact. Only the Data Manager (DM) and First Named Chief Investigator (FNCI) or HDR Student Supervisor can edit the record, and it can only be viewed by UTS collaborators that are listed as Contributors.

There are many good reasons to create data records: the data is stored for many years, making it easier to find it again after any student or staff departures; eResearch manages it; and research integrity demands it, as does the UTS Research Management Policy. Furthermore, a data record is needed in order to create a data publication if you need to publish data.

In most cases (that is, where not precluded by legal or ethical obligations), yes! As a research institution, UTS has a responsibility to maximise the potential for future research, while providing secure storage and management of research data to allow for the justification and verification of the outcomes of research. So, for reasons of research integrity, the Research Management policy requires that you also deposit a copy of research materials and data supporting published research findings for the minimum retention period.

This means that before a researcher or HDR student leaves UTS, they should transfer ownership and management of their Stash records to the next person in the research hierarchy (for example, Supervisor, Centre Director, Associate Dean of Research). This option can be found under the “Manage” menu.

Research project applications are created and managed in Research Master. It is a simple to use planning and management tool that supports best practice throughout all research projects, including applying for ethics and costing your research project.

Once you access Research Master, on the left hand side of the screen go to 'Projects' and then 'My Applications'. There you will find your applications started in Research Master.

If you are unable to log in to Research Master, check your password. This should be the one that you use to log into your computer. If you are still having trouble, please raise an IT request via ServiceConnect with the error message you are getting for follow up. 

 

Discovery is the public facing profile of Symplectic. So to edit and make changes to your Discovery profile, log into Symplectic, edit your profile and you should see the changes about 15 seconds later. 

To find experts in a particular area, you can either start by putting in a keyword, or refine your search. If you know the FoR code you are looking for, switch the 'As a Tag' toggle on the search bar and start typing the field of research code name. Once you have pressed 'Enter', it will bring back all UTS staff weighted by publication keywords and biography keywords.

 

Log in to Symplectic first to add publications to your profile. Publications can be added by clicking on the '+ Add' on your homepage under 'My Summary Publications'. Changes will be visible after 15 seconds.

 

The research grants or projects seen on Discovery are currently only those that are UTS administered. 

They automatically populate in Symplectic and Discovery profile through Research Master. Any enquiries regarding projects should come to the Research Office.