The Data Management team is led by Head of Research Operations Matt Sims, and supports the scientific programmes by providing efficient data collection systems and the safe storage and release of study and project data. To achieve this, the team has expertise in database development, software programming, web based systems and handling of scientific data.
The team works across all Unit programmes and has been responsible for developing and implementing the data systems that support the collection of data for all studies. It also carries out and manages all of the processes that are linked to data entry and ensures that the quality of many thousands of records is accurate. Working alongside the core Data Management team are Data Scientists who are embedded within the scientific programmes. The Data Scientists have a specific focus on an individual programme whilst the core Data Management team provide wider support for strategic studies and generic data systems that are used across the Unit.
The day-to-day work of the team covers all aspects of data handling and management related to the collection of study and laboratory data. It also provides data for scientific staff from controlled master data sets that all have unique data identifiers. Supporting the data releases are detailed data dictionaries that help researchers to fully understand the data. The team ensures that this work meets the necessary data protection, contractual, consent, security and other governance requirements.
The team also provide software development support and works closely with the science programmes, in particular the Physical Activity Epidemiology and Nutritional Epidemiology programmes to deliver new software.