Webinars | Veerle Van den Eynden and Gareth Knight 

Veerle Van den Eynden


UK Data Archive
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park


Veerle Van den Eynden manages the Research Data Management (Producer Support) section for the UK Data Service. This section promotes and provides guidance, support and training on data management, data management planning and data sharing to researchers and data producers, in order to promote good data practices in research and to optimise data sharing opportunities. The team also coordinates the archiving and sharing of research data via the ReShare data repository. Veerle also leads research and development projects on data management, data sharing and open research, as well as research data infrastructure developments for the Archive.


Mr Gareth Knight

Professional Support Pathway Research Data Manager
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street


Gareth leads the Research Data Management Service at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He works with researchers to address data-related issues encountered during their research, providing advice and training on topics related to writing a Data Management Plan, costing technical resources, dealing with data security and preparing data for preservation and sharing. He is also responsible for LSHTM Data Compass, the institutional research data repository.

Prior to LSHTM he worked at King’s College London as a Digital Curation Specialist, where he performed research on digital curation and preservation related topics, taught the Digital Curation & Preservation module for the MA Digital Asset & Media Management (MADAMM) course, and managed digital collections held by the Arts & Humanities Data Service.

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20th April 2017 (14:00 – 14:45 GMT) : “Open Science attitudes and practices among Wellcome and ESRC funded researchers”

Researchers are increasingly expected to make their research data, code, and publications available for open access, but how aware are they of these requirements and what do they consider to be the benefits and barriers associated with these activities?

This webinar discusses the findings of a study to investigate perceptions, knowledge and behaviours towards open research among Wellcome Trust and ESRC-funded researchers, which was performed by the UK Data Service and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2016. The study adopted a mixed method approach, organising an online survey and series of focus groups to determine the amount and type of research outputs currently shared, perceived benefits of these activities, and barriers encountered. On the basis of information provided by 583 Wellcome Trust and 259 ESRC-funded researchers who responded to the online survey and 22 focus group participants, we were able to identify trends in open research practice among researchers in distinct career stages, research discipline, and geographic locations. The webinar concludes with suggestions on steps that could be taken to encourage greater uptake of open research practices and how these activities could be nurtured by research funders.

The study final report can be found at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4055448.v1.