Today is the deadline for all Research Organisations that receive EPSRC funding to have in place a clear roadmap to align policies and processes with the EPSRC ‘Policy Framework on Research Data’ expectations.
Glasgow have responded to EPSRC to confirm we have roadmap.
This will be a living plan with new actions added and regular meetings to ensure that we are moving in the right direction.
We plan to augment our webpage with iterations of the plan, the policy that we are finalising, and any other useful information.
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.
I attended a very useful workshop in Leeds on the 12th and 13th March in Leeds on Institutional Data Management Policies and Roadmaps.
This follows the agreement by RCUK on common principles on data policy (e.g. data is in the public interest, a public good, with as few restrictions on it as possible), similar moves by other funders such as the Wellcome Trust, and EPSRC’s expectations on how how Research Organisations (ROs) should respond to these data principles. EPSRC expects that all ROs which they fund should have a clear roadmap to align their policies and processes with EPSRC’s expectations by 1st May 2012, and to be fully compliant with these expectations by 1st May 2015.
A clear message from the meeting – where C4D can play a role – is that research organisations should use appropriately structured metadata within their data centres, and that the metadata should allow others to understand the nature of the data, how it was collected, who funded collection, how it will be preserved and how it can be accessed. The efforts that C4D are making to use CERIF to provide a cross-walk between a number of discovery metadata standards caused significant interest at the meeting.
Using the benefits analysis toolkit from Charles Beagrie, we spent the morning session at Nottingham identifying key benefits and metrics for C4D.
We had to choose three key benefits (from quite a large list) for the research community which we agreed were as follows:-
- Integrated thinking around research data management
- Enhanced finding and organising of data
- Greater consistency and standards between projects to enable data re-use
These benefits can be assessed using the following metrics:-
Enhanced finding and organising of data:-
- number of research dataset publications generated
- increased visibility of research through data citation
- number of data deposits within repository
- number of downloads of datasets from repository
- number of citations to datasets in research articles
Integrated thinking around research data management:-
- Average time saved in research data management and grant proposal activities
- Results of user feedback forms
Greater consistency and standards between projects to enable data re-use
- Number of datasets deposited with enhanced metadata
Some of the metrics are more difficult to measure than others, and that will be one of the challenges for C4D.
We are pleased to welcome Chris Moulsley onto the Steering Group for the C4D Project, replacing Colin Haylock (EPSRC) from the original project proposal.
Chris is Head of Joint Information Services Unit EPSRC/ESRC. He has 10+ years IT experience including leading data migration to the Shared Services Centre (SSC) for both Research Councils. Chris is PRINCE2 and ITIL V3 Service Strategy qualified.