… and why has the University established Research Data Services?
The main drivers for Research Data Management within the University are:
- Data sharing – amongst collaborators and more widely (the Open agenda)
- Risk management – security and compliance
- Data preservation – for reuse, longevity of evidence, and avoidance of loss
- The challenge of the data deluge – growth in digital power, technical storage and retrieval requirements
- Compliance – demonstrating compliance with funder, University and other policy requirements
The University is aiming, therefore, to develop an infrastructure to support the research data lifecycle, improve research data management capability, extend opportunities for research data, and “open up” its research data to the wider research community. Research Data Services was set up in 2013 to help facilitate this infrastructure and enable close colloboration between stakeholders across the University.
Although there is a great deal of expertise within Research Data Services, we are looking to develop close working relationships with other units and departments across the University, including:
- Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) – Training
- IT Services [including Research Computing]- Technical infrastructure, active storage
- Finance (RBDC & FAS): grant application process (data management plans are nowe typically required) and help with providing costings for RDM.
- Knowledge Transfer Centre: Intellectual Property Rights and Patents
- Data Protection Co-ordinator and Data Protection Liaison Officers
- University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC)
- Freedom of Information (FoI) Officer