Regional workshops on freedom of information and HE researchers

"Research Information Network (RIN) "

22 March - 12 April 2011
Manchester, London and Salford

Overview

Freedom of information legislation (the UK and Scottish Freedom of Information Acts, and the Environmental Information Regulations) is highly relevant to researchers in Higher Education: as creators of information and/or data, they need to comply with the requirements of the law with regards to allowing access to their research outputs; and as users, they might make use of FoI as a means of obtaining information and/or data. Organisations including RIN, the Information Commissioner’s Office and JISC are now examining the implications of FoI for the Higher Education research community, notably with regards to finding ways of dealing with the disclosure of research data. There is a need for evidence-gathering as a first step in a process to provide researchers and their institutions with appropriate guidance and support.

Three free regional workshops are being organised in this context. The first will take place on 22 March at the University of Manchester, the second taking place on  1 April 2011 at University College London and the third taking place 12 April at Strathclyde University. Each will run from 10:00 to 16:00.

This event is intended primarily for HE researchers, including research students and senior research managers. Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities represented by FoI, and how they can best be addressed.

Costs and Registration

Registration by email - see link. No charge