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

03 June 2020 |

We are very excited to pick up the thread of our RDMF event, which was scheduled for April in London to bring you a virtual version.  We have a number of speakers lined up and invite you to join us on the 3rd of June 2020. 

Registration is now open and can be accessed via this link.

As you will remember, RDMF20 will focus on the management of, and specifically the sharing, openness and FAIRness, of arts data. The event will take place online and we will use a variety of online collaborative tools to foster discussion and an environment for exchange of ideas.

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.

Below we present an evolving agenda.

We look forward to seeing you online on the 3rd of June! 

Morning Sessions



Welcome and Icebreaker

Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre

Christie Walker, Head of Research Development, Royal College of Art



Building RDM Services in the Arts: A tale of three institutions

Christie Walker, Head of Research Development & Thomas Cridford, Scholarly Comms. Librarian, Royal College of Art

Mark Hibbett, Research Data and CRIS Manager, University of the Arts London

Andrew Gray, Academic Services Librarian, Goldsmiths University

Panel discussion






Arts Data, Openness and FAIRness: what would a ‘national capability’ look like?

Tao-Tao Chang, Head of Infrastructure

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Afternoon Sessions:



Parallel Workshop Sessions

Don’t Fight the System, Change the Rules – Building an Open-Source CRIS System from a User Perspective for Arts Universities

Nirmalie Mulloli


Philipp Mayer

Portfolio/Showroom - University of Applied Arts Vienna

Taking a Holistic Approach to Practice-based Arts research

Our Experiences (successes and challenges) at the University of Westminster

Jenny Evans, Head of Research & Scholarly Comms.

University of Westminster

Digital Storytelling with Museum Objects in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Antonia Liguori, Lecturer in Creative Storytelling

Loughborough University


Philippa Rappoport, Manager of Community Engagement

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access



Virtual drinks and meetup

Costs and Registration

Registration is now open and can be accessed via this link.

The workhops attendance price is £50 per person.