New year, new Research Data and Information Management Programme
28 January 2014
The University's researchers produce vast quantities of data and information during their research careers - the effective and efficient management and retention of this is vital for both the researchers and the wider University.
The University has approved a new University-wide programme of work, originating within Information Services, to put in place support and services to make it easier for researchers to manage their research and meet the requirements of their funders.
Eileen Brandreth, Director of University IT, explained: "The University is driven by research and the data it creates, so it’s vital that we provide streamlined ways of managing this – for the researchers themselves and the wider University."
The Research Data and Information Management Programme will make it easier for researchers to manage their projects and their data, improving the central administration of research and storage of research data and information.
A new research information system will give researchers the opportunity to showcase their research, providing greater opportunities for collaboration and enhancing the reputation of both the researchers and Cardiff University. Automating uploads to internal and external systems will save researchers time, and the system will bring together all the related information about the research to inform decisions about research planning and investment. The programme will also put in place security measures to safeguard the security of research data into the future, ensuring long-term discoverability and use by the researcher and others.
"The systems and support introduced during this programme of work will help our researchers to manage their projects in a streamlined way; this will have a lasting impact on the effectiveness of research data management within the University, and on the University’s research agenda," added Eileen Brandreth.
The Research Data and Information Management Programme is progressing into the next development phase, which includes recruiting project staff, and, importantly, widening our engagement with researchers across the University.