Laura has delivered a number of projects and initiatives in the digital preservation, digital curation and research data management (RDM) spaces since 2007. These include the management of a pilot UK research data discovery service for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC); advocacy and training to support RCUK expectations for RDM across the UK for the DCC, including recommendations to EPSRC for additional guidelines to support institutional compliance; production of a pan-European digital preservation training series for the FP7-funded Planets project; development of institution-specific guidance with the universities of Glasgow and Cambridge; development of the original ‘Digiman’ animation series for DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE); mapping of the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme training outputs to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the SCONUL Seven Pillars models for JISC DaMSSI; production of the EC-funded DigCurV digital curation curriculum framework for cultural heritage; and work as Evidence Gatherer across the 20-odd projects of the Jisc Managing Research Data programme of 2011-13. She co-chairs the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Education and Training for the Handling of Research Data, and the RDA IG Archives and Records Professionals; sits on the boards of the Informall information literacy initiative; and regularly performs peer review for journals and conferences. She is Arts & Humanities Section Editor for the Data Science Journal (http://datascience.codata.org/) and joined the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2016.
Laura is interested in creative arts professional practice; skills models; improvement of the academic infrastructure for researchers including motivation and reward; research data policy development particularly for the arts and humanities; the development and certification of graduate education, training and careers in research data-related professions; transparent and ethical academic publishing, and the development of approaches to digital curation and RDM advocacy and training across all disciplines and user audiences, including the particular challenges of the articulation of digital curation and research data management good practice to non-science audiences. At the OII, she is focusing on digital curation and digital literacy skills in UK visual art professional practice.
Creative arts professional practice, visual art, digital curation, digital literacy, information literacy, digital skills development, qualitative research methods, research data management, digital object preservation, digital object management, digital preservation, skills modelling, academic infrastructure development, research data policy development, humanities research, creative arts research.