My non-fiction


Here’s the serious stuff and with an international publisher too…

The two books on research data management were produced whilst I was working with the UK’s Digital Curation Centre. I edited both (the second in collaboration with colleagues) and wrote much of the original material.

Managing Research Data has become an unexpected global bestseller. It was meant as an introduction to the subject and has become quite a foundation piece. Each chapter covers a critical element of data management and the book remains essential reading for librarians and information professionals working in the higher education sector, the research community, policy makers and university managers. 

Delivering Research Data Management Services is effectively a ‘how-to’ guide. Research funders increasingly require institutions to demonstrate how they will preserve and share research data, yet the practice of structured research data management is very new and the development of services remains experimental.  This ground-breaking guide will lead researchers, institutions and policy makers through the processes needed to set up and run effective institutional research data management services. 

Both of the data books are published by Facet and are available through Amazon – just click on a thumbnail to explore or buy.

Kaleidoscope is a collection of remembered exploits from a childhood spent in the 1950s, with some insights into the nature of memory. Whilst providing an entertaining narrative it also serves as a piece of social history, with a depiction of attitudes, events and a sense of freedom that seem far more distant than the almost seven decades that have since passed.