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

22 April 2020
Friends House , London


*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*


RDMF20 will focus on the management and sharing of arts data. Arts disciplines brings specific challenges when it comes to data curation, some of which are due to the nature of data itself, which can differ significantly from scientific data, for which the majority of RDM and openness/sharing principles and tools have been designed. Arts objects and data are also often ephemeral and novel, and the culture for documenting and managing it are not very well developed. This can pose challenges for data managers in arts universities and colleges, who need to respond to demands from funders and an evolving data culture in the research management landscape; for example, requirements for DMPs, REF preparation, demand of increased data sharing and openness, and most recently an expectation that data be made FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable).

This event will explore these challenges and is aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge exchange between staff and researchers in arts universities, colleges and those working in any institutions involved in the curation of arts data. We also welcome members of consortia and organisations that focus on furthering tools and principles around arts data curation and management. The focus will be on understanding opportunities and challenges by delivering best practice examples that aid the development of policies, strategies and tools around the management and openness of arts data. We have developed the agenda to maximise opportunities for networking and will allow the community to determine the agenda for the afternoon sessions so that the most important topics get attention.  For this, we invite attendees to suggest their own sessions in a Birds of a Feather-style unconference.  You can find information here about what an unconference is and how the even runs on the day.  If anything is unclear, please send us a line!

In the right hand menu, we present a preliminary and an evolving agenda. We will be adding details on speakers and themes in the coming days. If you have a topic that you would like to focus on, please suggest it here for one of the afternoon unconference sessions. Here you will also find information about the structure of the unconference sessions and on the day will instruct you on how to vote for your favourite session.

We look forward to seeing you in London in April!

Costs and Registration

Registration costs £200 for the full day event and is now open until April 10 2020, 5pm UTC. 

You are also invited to suggest unconference topics as part of registration or in the googledoc.