research data

New AHRC Data Management Plan template

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is making some significant changes to its research data policy implementation. From Monday 29th March 2018, it is removing its requirement for a Technical Plan and as such disbanding its Technical College. In its place will be a requirement to submit a Data Management Plan. This will be mandatory for all Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows proposals.

There will be a period of crossover between Technical Plans and Data Management Plans when both plans are in the system. Any proposals that are being considered for submission should start using the Data Management Plan. As such, the DCC has added the new template to its DMPonline tool. Now, when you select the AHRC as your funder, two template options appear. We will retire the AHRC Technical Plan template when the new requirements are in force.

Homepage image credit: CC-0 'Template' by Marcu Iochim 

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RDMF13: notes from breakout group 3 (roles and training)

This breakout session brought together over 30 attendees across the two sessions to discuss roles and (staff and student) training for preparing data - and other research objects - for deposit. It was chaired by Sophie Salffner of SOAS.

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RDMF13: notes from breakout group 1 (practice)

Breakout group 1, session 2 – How do data-related activities during a research project affect longer-term preservation requirements? – chair: Joanna Ball, University of Sussex

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RDMF13: notes from breakout group 2 (systems)

Breakout group 2, session 1 – What systems are involved in data preparation processes, and what impacts do they have? – chair: John Beaman, University of Leeds

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University of the Arts London, RDM in Art and Design Conference, 'Where are we now?', London 11 Dec 2014.

University of the Arts London held a one-day conference in December entitled, 'Research Data Management in Art and Design: Where are we now?'  The day enabled creative arts research and teaching institutions, mostly from the London area, to come together to identify and discuss the particular challenges for RDM in creative arts workflows. I was pleased to chair the panel session and note that video of the event is now available at


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RDMF12: notes from breakout group 1: choosing research data solutions

Breakout group 1 at RDMF12 discussed the issues around identifying research data solutions.  The initial proposal was around the researcher perspective on choosing solutions, but the discussion quickly expanded to a more holistic view, incorporating the views of the other parties involved in the research data management lifecycle.

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New policy recommendations on open access to research data

Policy recommendations have been published by EU project RECODE. The recommendations follow a series of case studies examining the challenges faced in five disciplines, and are addressed to research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers.

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New DCC Checklist on Selecting Data to Keep

New guide offers help to researchers on selecting data for long term storage

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Data papers strand at IDCC

Tell us about your data!

It’s a big anniversary for us this year. It’s 10 years of the DCC and we’re celebrating by bringing a new concept to IDCC. You may have spotted on the Call for Papers that there’s a new type of submission – data papers.

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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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