Choose Your Own Research Data Management Guidance


  • Alex Ball University of Bath
  • Kellie Snow University of Bath
  • Peter Obee University of Cardiff
  • Greg Simpson University of Exeter



The GW4 Research Data Services Group has developed a Research   Data Management Triage Tool to help researchers find answers quickly  to the more common research data queries, and direct them to appropriate guidance and sources of advice for more complex queries.   The tool takes the form of an interactive web page that asks users   questions and updates itself in response. The conversational and   dynamic way the tool progresses is similar to the behaviour of text   adventures, which are a genre of interactive fiction; this is one of the   oldest forms of computer game and was also popular in print form in,   for example,  the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy   series of books.  In fact, the tool was written using interactive fiction   software.  It was tested with staff and students at the four UK   universities within the GW4 collaboration.






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