RDMF

Variety in RDM requirements, a curse or the spice of life?

A report from the 'requirements' breakout discussion at RDMF14, the Research Data Management Forum event in York 9-10th November 2015.

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From RDMF5 to RDMF12: How the world has changed…

A guest blog post from Catherine Jones of STFC, reflecting on changes undergone between the 2010 and 2014 RDMF events...

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RDMF12: notes from breakout group 4 (Tracking Uses)

RDMF12: break-out group on Tracking Usage of Research Data The topic of the break-out group was "Tracking uses: who uses/reuses data (in academia and industry), and what do they use it for?"

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RDMF12: notes from breakout group 3 (Crossing Boundaries)

"Crossing boundaries: How do we cope with crossing institutional boundaries to communicate with systems we can’t control?" This breakout group was proposed and chaired by Jez Cope, Research Data Support Manager at Imperial College London. Jez began by outlining his motivation for proposing the topic, namely a recent conversation with an astrophysicist who needs to process data originating from multiple facilities, in different parts of the world, and the challenges presented in capturing this in an institutional data catalogue.

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RDMF11: notes from breakout group 1

Report from RDMF Breakout Group 1: “How can we introduce RDM into researchers’ workflows and save them time/effort?” Stephen Grace, University of East London (chair)

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RDMF11: overview report and link to slides

The eleventh DCC-organised Research Data Management Forum event was held in London on June 20th, taking the theme of “Workflows and Lifecycle Models for Research Data Management”. Keynote speaker, the University of Manchester’s Professor Carole Goble gave a typically sparkling and wide-ranging opening to the event, addressing “The Beauty of Models… and Workflows” as well as the importance of recording and sharing methods.

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Research Data Management Forum (RDMF): The Next Phase

In late 2013 we ran a short survey, seeking the views of the RDMF community on the future shape of this series of events. This blog gives an overview of the outcomes of this exercise.

The three-point summary:

  1. You told us that the RDMF events are highly valued by the community, and that the DCC should continue to run them. For our part, we’re very happy to continue to do so.
  2. The consensus was that two meetings per year was the optimum frequency. Location-wise, there was most support for moving the event around the UK, with the proviso that locations should, where possible, be easy to access from all corners of the country. With this in mind, we expect to be organising two events per year: a one-day event in London (as the place with the best transport connections) each Spring, and an overnight event elsewhere in the late Summer / early Autumn.
  3. There were multiple requests that we consider organising special webinar-style events; we’ll be investigating these over the course of 2014.

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Your feedback is needed! Future shape of the RDMF

We’re seeking your thoughts on our long-running Research Data Management Forum series of events. We’ve set up a short (5 question) survey covering the format, frequency, topics and venues of future RDMF meetings.

 

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A conversation with the funders

The organisers of DCC’s special event, Funding Research Data Management, which took place on 25th April at Aston University, can surely claim that the essence of the debate (about what is acceptable, feasible and achievable in the use of research grant funding for the provision of data infrastructure and services) has at long last been laid bare under the light of expert scrutiny. Propitiously, in what could have proved a confrontational exercise, this eagerly anticipated conversation with the funders developed into a harmonious sharing of experience, observation and explanation that, as STFC’s Juan Bicarregui observed, should lead to greater openness and collaboration between the funders and the research community.

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Navigating the uncertain waters of data archiving and curation

A guest blog post by Gaz J Johnson, Repository Manager at the University of Leicester, on his experiences so far as he takes his 'first tentative steps into the terrifyingly uncertain waters of research data archiving'.

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