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CERIF For Datasets – Paper

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m very pleased that Nikos Houssos will be presenting our Cerif For Datasets paper at the forthcoming conference:

We also included a link to the outputs of our recent workshops in the latest EuroCRIS newsletter on 2nd September.



Categories: C4D, CERIF, Dissemination, euroCRIS

CERIF 4 Datasets Workshops Outputs – July 2013

August 2, 2013 2 comments
Discussing issues Glasgow

Discussing issues Glasgow

Many thanks to everyone who attended the workshops in Glasgow and London and contributed to the lively exchange. It was great to see so many colleagues travelling from near and far to take part and share their experiences.

A summary of the feedback from those who returned a form can be viewed here:

Attendees Feedback

Overall feedback was very positive.  In fact I noticed that the most negative comments came from the project team members ourselves!

An informal ammalgamated summary of the discussion notes is available now:

Issues Discussed at CERIF 4 Datasets Workshops July 2013

The key issues raised included:

1) Clarifying the specification for research data management
2) Getting Senior Management committment
3) Setting up suitable systems and processes
4) Getting staff to engage with Research Data Management
5) Quantifying costs and getting budget
6) Integration of services across organisational boundaries

As well as including key points in our final report to Jisc we will be following up on some of these issues e.g. for item 1 we will speak to ARMA about co-ordinating work on clarifying data management requirements. More blog posts may result and there may be email requests and updates to workshop attendees.

simon hodson speaking at London

Simon Hodson speaking at London

breakout group london

Breakout group London

Workshop Slides

Jisc Background to the RDM Programme

RCUK data policy

Project Key Findings and CERIF overview

Sunderland Case Study

Glasgow Case Study

St Andrews Case Study

Digital Curation Centre support

Archeology Data Service

UK Data Archive  This team provide lots of freely available training & other resources

If we have any comments on the report, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the comment button below or by email to

Any other ideas or comments not covered at the workshop are most welcome and will be considered for the project manager’s final report which I plan to post on this blog by the end of September.

Anna and I are both away on holiday next week but I will follow up on any comments or feedback on my return week commencing 12th August.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to make the workshops a success.

Sharing Information

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

This week we are sharing information about C4D:

1) Our poster is up at OIA8 in Geneva

poster at oai8

poster at oai8

2) I included some discussion around the project in my presentation at the Scottish Academic Libraries Training Group event yesterday and gave out A4 versions of the poster.

This led to a number of attendees approaching me at the end and asking for more details and discussing how we could keep in touch.


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JISC Managing Research Data Workshop

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, JISC held what proved to be a very interesting final programme level workshop for MRD projects in Birmingham.

During the event, C4D presented an overview of our main achievements during the Data Repositories, Portals and Catalogues parallel session.  A system demonstration, accompanied by a poster, was also given to interested parties.

The event programme can be found at  The event hash tag was #jiscmrd.

Categories: C4D, CERIF, Dissemination

Managing Research Data Programme Meeting 29th November

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Ryan and myself attended the JISC MRD programme meeting last week.

The meeting asked each project to suggest benefits from their projects.  Here is our slide:

benefits 291112

Over the next few weeks we will be clarifying deliverables for the project, and for the programme as a whole.

Apart from discussing common (and different) potential benefits from the projects there was useful discussion on many topics.

It was clear that many were still grappling with the issue of storage costs and how to support researchers in accessing and using storage.

The group were very interested in standard CERIF code for datasets and we should ensure that the programme mailing list is contacted once the code is finalised.





Categories: C4D, CERIF, Dissemination, euroCRIS

Association of Research Managers and Administrators Conference

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I attended the ARMA conference this week.

 I gave out a number of handouts on the C4D project, chatted to a number of people (some of who I will follow up with to ensure they can comment on our project), and had some handouts available on one of the stalls.

At the Thomson Reuters session it was clear that they were thinking about non-publication outputs.  There was some discussion about datasets noting that large data will probably need multi institution collaboration to resource and analyse and rather than use of SQL, SPSS and such packages new tools such as Pig, Hive, and Spotfire may be more appropriate.

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EuroCRIS 2012 conference

April 4, 2012 1 comment

As with the other two project Sunderland is involved in, C4D will be presented at EuroCRIS 2012 in Prague. C4D will be represented by both a paper and a poster.

The final draft of both the paper and the poster can be accessed below.

EuroCRIS2012 C4D Paper

EuroCRIS2012 C4D Poster