The benefits of more effective research data management in UK Universities

A session at JISC Conference 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

11:30am to 12:30pm

The scientific process is enhanced by managing and sharing research data. Good research data management practice allows reliable verification of results and permits new and innovative research built on existing information. This is important if the full value of public investment in research is to be realised.

Higher education institutions are coming under increasing pressure to manage the research data generated by their researchers that cannot be curated by subject-based data centres - and many are unsure how to proceed given the absence of clear good practice. To address such concerns, JISC’s Managing Research Data programme has, with an investment of nearly £2M, funded eight projects to provide the UK Higher Education sector with examples of good research data management.

These pilots have demonstrated ways in which research data management infrastructure can generate benefits for the HE sector: e.g. savings of time, more efficient research, better allocation of resources to active research, greater opportunities for sharing and reuse. Individually and as a group, these projects have contributed significantly to the case for improving data management practices in UK Universities.

Two projects will speak of their experiences and achievements and a summary of the programme cost-benefit analysis will be given. The JISC Managing Research Data Programme has produced reports, requirements analyses, working infrastructures, cost-benefits analyses across a range of institutions – the session will conclude with an opportunity to discuss this material, the examples given and the programme’s findings.

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Time 11:30am12:30pm GMT

Date Tue 15th March 2011

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