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RDA in the UK: what role do you see?

This week saw the first RDA UK workshop hosted by Jisc in Birmingham. The Research Data Alliance is a community-driven organisation aiming to build the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing of data. Members come together through self-formed Interest and Working Groups to discuss shared issues and develop recommendations and outputs to address these. In addition to individual members, the RDA has over 44 organisational members, like the DCC, STFC, LIBER and Wiley, who are seen as critical to supporting the adoption of outputs. The DCC ran a workshop at IDCC13 to spread the word about the RDA and to encourage comment on the initial proposals for working groups. Our blog post from that event explains more about the function of the groups and how they are established. Experience has led to some aspects of the process being adjusted.

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Jisc research data spring takes its next leap forward

The 15 projects funded through the first round of Jisc’s Research Data Spring programme competed for further funding in the second sandpit workshop. Here Angus Whyte reviews some of the work presented.

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Extending the OPD for RDM - feedback welcomed!

Draft list of research data management (RDM) infrastructure components available for public comment. 

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Capturing the state of play on UK institutions’ research data management support

Jisc and DCC are contacting institutions on RDM support, using surveys designed to complement each other. The surveys will offer an up to date picture of the systems currently used, issues institutons want addressed. The DCC survey will track progress on RDM service provision since last year, and help build a broad picture of the sector's needs.

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Resources on EPSRC compliance

May 2015 is fast approaching, so it seems an opportune time to flag some resources provided by the DCC and Jisc to help with EPSRC compliance. This blog post provides details of notes on the RDM readiness workshop and the new guide on Steps that HEIs can take to meet the EPSRC research data policy.

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Are you ready for EPSRC?

The DCC has been collaborating with Jisc to run a follow-up workshop to our event last May on EPSRC compliance and have been overwhelmed by the response. Registration opened shortly before Christmas and was full before the holidays. We've since increased the capacity to 90 and are full again. It seems institutional readiness for Research Data Management is a hot topic!

 

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First phase of RDS complete - now it's time to cast your votes!

The first phase of Research Data Spring has now concluded with 70 ideas being submitted. Now it is time to start voting!

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Vote for ideas on Research Data Spring

It’s great to see how many ideas have been submitted to the Research Data Spring already. There are already over 40 proposals that cover a wide range of research data challenges. There are only a few days left to submit your ideas – it closes on Monday 12th January - so if you think there are gaps, submit an idea now!
 
Perhaps more importantly, you should register and vote. Jisc needs your input to determine which ideas are of most value to the community so please take some time to read through the proposals, comment and vote. Kevin outlined the process in a blog post last month  After this intial round of voting, a selection of ideas will be pitched to judges at a workshop in February. 

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Jisc's Research Data Spring - how you can get involved

Jisc recently announced some new funding for tools and services in the area of research data management. Here, I summarise what it's all about and how you can get involved. You'll need to move quickly - the first phase of activity ends on January 12th, 2015.

 

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Seven rules of successful research data management in universities

Guardian Higher Education Network Blog post offering 'Seven rules of successful research data management in universities' by Sarah Jones, DCC and Simon Hodson, Jisc 

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