Making the business case

22 March, 2013
Stephen Gray, University of Bristol

data.bris is the University of Bristol’s new Research Data Service. It emerges from a successful business case developed by the Jisc-funded data.bris pilot which, for the past 17 months, has been part of the MRD Programme.

Although the pilot was led by IT Services, the new service goes forward as part of the Library, with the handover expected this May. Opening up data is seen as an extension of the wider open publication practices already being developed by the Library.

The approved data.bris business case proposes that a small team of Research Data Librarians should provide a mediated service for researchers until 2015, at which time the service will be reviewed and potentially integrated into the University’s permanent service portfolio. The core activities of data.bris will be: assisting with data management planning; delivering training in MRD activities; advocating the opening up of research data across the University; and managing the data.bris Repository developed as part of the Jisc pilot.

The new, open-access data.bris Repository builds upon the £2 million investment already made in the Research Data Storage Facility. The University of Bristol sees its ongoing investment in the data.bris service as support for the principle that publicly funded research data should be a public good.


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