Research Data Management Forum (RDMF): The Next Phase

13 February, 2014 | in DCC News
By: Martin Donnelly

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.

We asked what topics you wanted to see future RDMF events concentrate on, and we received a huge variety of responses which took a fair amount of effort to get to grips with / arrange into themes. (Even after doing so there were twenty-eight different areas suggested, so it’ll be a while before we struggle to identify topics for future events!) The most popular suggestion was data publication, closely followed by repository-related issues, workflow and lifecycle approaches, costing research data management, and metadata/catalogues.

Since publishing issues were covered at a relatively recent RDMF event (RDMF8, “Engaging with the Publishers,” Southampton, March 2012), and given the number of regular repository-related events already in existence (not least of which is Repository Fringe, and we may investigate the possibility of collocating an RDMF event at this year’s RepoFringe in Edinburgh in the last week of July) we plan to organise the next RDMF around workflow and lifecycle approaches. This will be a single-day event, probably in London, and probably just after Easter this year (i.e. late April); we hope to be able to confirm the date and venue in the next couple of weeks.

We want the RDMF community to continue to have the opportunity to key into the programmes for these events, so if you have a particular interest in RDM workflows or related issues, or know of someone who would be great to invite to speak at the event, please drop me a line at or – better yet – start a new thread on the RDMF social space at

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