Research Data Management Forum (RDMF)

Our biannual Research Data Management Forum events bring together researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, information and research organisations, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists, research funding organisations and research networks. The events are organised thematically, with a mixture of presentations and breakout and discussion sessions.

Because we limit RDMF workshop numbers to fifty, the events are in-depth and highly interactive sessions. To give you a taste of the topics we’ve discussed previously, past RDMF workshop titles are given below. Click on them to see more details.

You’ll also find details of forthcoming RDMF workshops on this page. Let us know if you have ideas for a future topic.

For more information about taking part in Research Data Management Forum activities, or to sign up for notifications, drop us a line or call us on 0131 650 2714.  Additionally, you can join the RDMF social space, which has been designed as a place for sharing ideas, concerns and solutions, and where members can upload presentations and minutes from past events, or suggest topics for future workshops. 

RDMF18: Uncertainty > Data > Opportunity?

Manchester, 20 - 21 November 2017
The Research Data Management Forum is (we believe) the UK's longest running research data focused series of events. This Autumn we return to the RDMF's spiritual home in Manchester! This event will be of interest to: representatives of library, information and research organisations; repository managers; data curators, data centre managers and other data professionals; research administrators and CRIS system managers; research funding organisations; publishers; researchers and research networks.

RDMF17: “The road less travelled?” Research data, careers and other pathways

London, 9 June 2017
The seventh RDMF meeting, held in Warwick back in 2011, took “Incentivising Data Management and Sharing” as its topic, with presentations providing funder, institutional and infrastructural perspectives on the then-nascent discipline.

RDMF16: Data (and) Systems, Redux

Edinburgh, 21 - 22 November 2016
It’s been more than eighteen months since EPSRC’s data policy mandate came into force, and the joint Concordat on Open Research Data is in place with broad support and institutional guidelines to match.  Across UK Higher Education, many systems have been refreshed, services established, and guidelines put in place.  Research data, alongside its cousin research software, is finding its place in institutional and national catalogues as a ‘first-class citizen’ among the research outputs to which they are linked.

RDMF14: Research Data (and) Systems

York, 9 - 10 November 2015
Simple, accurate transfer of content between systems and across institutional boundaries is one of the core aims of information management. In the research environment, there is an accepted need to link publications to the datasets which underpin them, and to sustain these links over the long term, thereby ensuring a more robust and trustworthy scholarly record.

RDMF13: Preparing Data for Deposit

London, 29 April 2015
The phrase ‘preparing data for deposit’ might conjure images of the final days of a research project, when staff may be more concerned with getting started on their next piece of work (and possibly their next place of work) than tidying up loose ends from the research that is due to conclude.

RDMF12: Linking Data and Repositories (and other systems)

Leicester, 18 - 19 November 2014
Seamless flow of content between systems and across institutional boundaries is one of the core – if perhaps utopian – goals of information management. At a basic level, there is within the research community a shared desire and a growing impetus to link publications to the datasets which underpin them, and to sustain these links for the longer-term. But while the publications will generally be held in comparatively stable repositories, data (and metadata) may be created, held in, and accessed via, a variety of different systems.

RDMF11: Workflows and Lifecycle Models for Data Management

London, 20 June 2014
The increasing obligation to manage and share data in an active way is to the majority of scholars a relatively new (and not always welcome) facet of their roles. Research data managers and support teams may therefore find benefit in tailoring the assistance, tools and guidance they offer their researchers in ways that synchronise smoothly with existing working practices. Furthermore, from a quality and transparency standpoint, workflows and lifecycle models can serve to standardise research processes, underpinning the openness and reproducibility of scholarship.

RDMF9: Shaping the infrastructure

Cambridge, 14 - 15 November 2012
Examples of technological change designed to assist the producers, users and managers of research data are becoming increasingly prevalent.