The UK government has made a clear commitment to open research data as part of its transparency agenda. Alongside this, the UK Research Council's latest requirements for the management of research data by universities has created a unique opportunity for us to review our management of research data and the support we provide for researchers at Cardiff.
It is widely accepted that data generated by research has evolved to be of primarily digital form, influencing how that data is ingested, managed, shared and archived by researchers and by institutions. How we respond to this change will be a measure of our success in improving the quality of the supporting environment for research.
Rather than simple compliance with the UK Research Council's requirements, investigations revealed that a more comprehensive solution is urgently required, centred on services to properly support the various stages of research activities and then on the management and utilisation of the resultant research data and information. This is the Research Data and Information Management Programme recommendation to the University Executive Board. The University's Policy and Resources Committee has approved the Research Data and Information Management Programme for progression.
The potential is there to improve and rationalise research data and information management support services, streamline research administration and secure the long-term storage and availability of research data. Clear benefits for researchers and the University would also bring with them additional and far reaching benefits to improve impact and reputations equipping Cardiff to compete more effectively for research funding.
The Research Data and Information Management Programme will provide a significant contribution to the University's research strategy through:
- Increasing impact - showcase our research through a research information portal enhancing reputation and impact, providing greater opportunities
- Reducing risk - provide tools, support services and facilities to improve how we manage, share and store research data and information
- Lessening chore - improve and automate processes and data input to free up time to do more research and value added activities.
If you would like to get involved or want to know more, contact John Bolton (Programme Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 70288.