The British Library Webinar Series

Running online throughout May 2020 for Researchers

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The British Library are running a series of webinars throughout May that may be of interest to many of you.

How to access digital resources: a free webinar for researchers
Friday 1st May, 10.30-11.30am
Researchers working from home may find now, more than ever, that they cannot access all they need to do their research. This webinar will introduce the concept of open access, and the various tools and resources that enable access to the resources researchers need.
Details and sign-up here:

The British Library’s Shared Research Repository
Thursday 7th May, 2.30-3.30pm
Creative and cultural organisations require repositories that look good, are attractive to users and support a wide range of non-text research outputs. Join us to learn more about our shared repository for UK cultural heritage organisations.
Details and sign-up here:

Introduction to research data, data services and DataCite at the British Library (and beyond)
Thursday 14th May, 2.30-3.30pm
This webinar will provide an introduction to research data and how to use persistent identifiers such as DOIs to make research data and other digital outputs like theses and grey literature findable and citable online. This webinar will also provide an introduction to DataCite, an international non-profit organisation, which enables the ability to create DOIs for digital objects.
Details and sign-up here:

Introduction to EThOS: the British Library database of UK theses
Thursday 21st May, 2.30-3.30pm
The British Library service known as EThOS is effectively a shop window on the amazing doctoral research undertaken in UK universities. With half a million thesis titles listed, you can uncover unique research on every topic imaginable and often download the full thesis file to use immediately for your own research. This webinar will offer a guided walk through the features and content of EThOS, and the research potential for making use of EThOS as a dataset.
Details and sign-up here:

Project FREYA: How persistent identifiers can connect research together
Thursday 28th May, 2.30-3.30pm
This webinar will showcase the latest developments from the EC-funded FREYA project, including the PID Graph which provides a method to discover the relationships between different researchers and their organisations and find out the full impact of research outputs. It will also describe upcoming developments planned in the final year of the project such as a Common DOI Search.
Details and sign-up here:

Please join the team at the BL for as many of these as you can. They will all last approximately 25-30 minutes with time for questions.

Well-being of Family Carers – What does this mean and why does it matter?

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Can you help with this Swansea University research study?

Why is this research being carried out?

Governments at both the UK and Wales level have identified that the well-being of carers is going to be essential for looking after an ageing population. However, identifying what this means for carers is inconsistent and not agreed upon.  This research will be used to inform policy development and service delivery going forward and is approved by Research Ethics Committee, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.

Who is it about?

The purpose of the research is to develop a better understanding of what well-being really means for family carers with a focus on those caring for someone over 50.  If you are caring for someone aged over 50 we would like to hear from you. 

What does it involve?

The research involves a telephone conversation with a researcher who will ask you about yourself and the person or people you care for. You will then be invited to participate in a more structured interview, focus group or both depending on your time commitments.

Both the interview and the focus group will concentrate on discussing questions about your understanding of well-being and what this means to you. In total, the process should not take more than 3 hours to complete.  A £10 gift token is offered to all participants as a thank you for taking part. 

Where is it taking place?

Focus groups will take place at locations across South Wales with specific venues being decided to accommodate those interested. Date and times will be discussed and agreed upon during the initial interview.  All reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be covered and refreshments will be provided on the day.

If you would like to find out more or take part in the research please contact the researcher at the contact details below:

Maria Cheshire-Allen, PhD candidate, Centre for Innovative Ageing