Friday, 25 July 2008

Findings Report-Oxford Data Management

The findings from the scoping study interviews with Oxford researchers and the complementary workshop are now available at :

The findings report documents current data management practices amongst Oxford researchers and it also captures the top requirements for services to help researchers manage their data more effectively.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the interviews and the workshop for their time and support. If you would like to comment on the report please send your feedback to me.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

JISC Innovation Forum: Research data-Whose problem is it?

On the 15th and 16th of July the JISC Innovation Forum took place at Keele University. One of the four themes of the forum was research data and it included three sessions:

 - legal and policy 
 - capacity and skills
 - technical and infrastructure     

These sessions generated a lot of interesting discussion and are blogged at: 

Particularly useful to this project is Matthew Dowey's summed up of the brainstorm on the technical&infrastructure session with the four priority areas for JISC:

   1. within a research environment – can we facilitiate the data curation using the carrot of sharing systems? (IT systems in the lab)
   2. additional context beyond the metadata
   3. how do we help institutions understand their infrastructural needs
   4. what has to happen with the various dataset systems (fedora etc) to help them link with the library and institutional systems