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Unformatted text preview: SGS101 – Part 3 Responsibilities & Research Record-Keeping Methods Methods Doug Welch Sep 23, 2008 Principles Principles Ownership Responsibility Organization Standard of recording Preservation of intermediate results Routine backup of research information Communication with supervisor Ownership Ownership Intellectual property (IP) issues aren’t as Intellectual straightforward as you might think! straightforward McMaster has a policy document entitled McMaster “Ownership of Student Work” “Ownership http://www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ownstwrk.htm Bottom line: only your completed thesis is Bottom clearly owned by you! clearly Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) asking c) iidentifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) dentifying d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: their a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) asking c) iidentifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) dentifying d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) c) iidentifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) dentifying d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) asking c) identifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) asking c) iidentifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) dentifying d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Student Responsibilities Student “Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) 11. Students are responsible for being aware of and demonstrating behaviour that is honest and ethical in their academic work. Such behaviour includes: a) following the expectations articulated by instructors for a) following referencing sources of information and for group work, b) asking for clarification of expectations as necessary, b) asking c) iidentifying testing situations that may allow copying, c) dentifying d) preventing their work from being used by others, e.g., d) preventing protecting access to computer files, and protecting e) adhering to the principles of academic integrity when e) adhering conducting and reporting research.” conducting Academic Integrity Policy, McMaster University, approved Mar 13, 2002 Bottom Line Bottom You are responsible for your actions your actions Research integrity is not an option Research not Your research affects not only you but Your also members of your research group, your supervisor, collaborators, and potentially a much wider public potentially You have an obligation to ask for You obligation clarifications when you are unsure. clarifications Organization Organization Evaluate the ensemble of information Evaluate which you must track and record which Determine a location (written/electronic) Determine where this organizational info will be recorded recorded Adopt a consistent pattern of recording Adopt intermediate results and archiving important data … and stick to it! important Standard of Recording Standard Example for Lab Science Work Date and location of each entry in a Date numbered-page logbook numbered-page Paste printouts/plots into logbook Record key information regarding Record electronic transactions in logbook electronic Similar advice applies to any sort of Similar research record. research Intermediate Results Intermediate The greatest danger posed by the use of The computers is the loss of intermediate results results CD-RW/DVD for binary records Extracts/headers to logbook for large files “What information would I need to repeat What this or show that I did this?” this Routine Backups Routine Disk-to-disk (same machine) Disk-to-disk (different room/building) Work-to-home Write to offline media Be very, very paranoid! Setup automatic job Test routinely (first thing Monday) Label! Communication with Supervisor Communication You have an obligation to communicate You obligation details of your research records to your supervisor supervisor Your supervisor has an obligation to Your obligation examine and test your research records examine If this isn’t currently happening, make sure If that it starts to happen! that Do “line-by-line traceback” of manuscripts “Subversion” Available for many operating systems “Repository” – never go there! Encourages/requires recording of Encourages/requires intermediate versions of work intermediate Allows you to “back out” to previous state Allows documentation of each change Manuscripts/program code/anything text Benefits Benefits You can “check out” all of the required You files into a new directory and work on them without endangering the “originals” them Prevents collaborator “bottlenecks” Allows multiple workers to interact with the Allows same project asynchronously same Removal of e-mail or website as an Removal intermediary intermediary Where to find Subversion Where http://subversion.tigris.org Ask your supervisor/colleagues what Ask record-keeping software or standards are appropriate for your field. appropriate Be a leader, not a follower! You will likely Be be a supervisor yourself in the not too distant future! distant ...
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