Research Data Management Forum (RDMF)

Our Research Data Management Forum events have been held since 2007.  The objective of RDMF is to bring together e.g., researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists and research funders, to network, exchange ideas and learn from best practice in the field. The events are usually set up with mixed sessions: workshops, presentations, unconference and BoF sessions, to suit each topic.

The events are organised thematically, with a mixture of presentations and breakout and discussion sessions. We usually limit RDMF workshop numbers to fifty, to ensure that the event hosts in-depth and highly interactive sessions. See below for the topics we have covered in the past.  If you would like to co-host an RDMF, or have a suggestion for a topic, please contact or call us on 0131 651 1239.



RDMF20: RDM and Data Sharing/Openness in The Arts - CANCELLED

London, 22 April 2020
*Due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, the DCC has decided to cancel or postpone all face to face events in the next 3 months. We are currently investigating options for a virtual meeting, and we will be in touch with more information in the coming days*  

RDMF19 - Costing data management

16 September 2019
Managing and sharing data effectively requires a significant investment from research communities and data service providers. Effort needs to be allocated to plan and execute data management activities such as creating data documentation and preparing data for deposit. Resources also need to be committed to ensure appropriate services are in place and required allocations are made.

RDMF: unconference

9 April 2019
The RDMF is returning - unconference style! Hot on the heels of a trial at IDCC in Melbourne, we're bringing an unconference to the UK community.

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.