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Promoting data accessibility, visibility and sustainability in the UK: the Jisc Managing Research Data Programme

Presenter 1
Laura Molloy
University of Glasgow
Presenter 2
Simon Hodson

Driven by new research objectives and opportunities requiring the interdisciplinary reuse of data as well as research funder and (increasingly) journal policies, the case for skills in research data management (RDM) is becoming clearer to researchers of all disciplines. Some disciplines are historically well-served by national data centers and perpetuate a culture of organized data deposit, management, sharing and re-use. Many other researchers, however, work in disciplines without this heritage or produce data which is not appropriate for data center hosting. Institutions face a concomitant rise in responsibility for the formulation and delivery of appropriate and accessible RDM services and infrastructure for their researchers. Across the UK, the Jisc Managing Research Data program is stimulating improved RDM practice across disciplines and staff groups via development of tailored policy, services, technical infrastructure and training. Our paper will describe the work of the program and complementary work by the Digital Curation Centre. We shall discuss emerging models in institutional approaches which may be of use elsewhere. Above all, we shall examine how data management planning and training activities may be enhanced by a consideration of disciplinary differences and suggest the benefits of drawing on expert partners beyond the institution.

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