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Research Data Management Forum

Our Research Data Management Forum events bring together researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, information and research organisations, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists, research funding organisations and research networks. The events are organised thematically, with a mixture of presentations and breakout and discussion sessions.

The RDMF events are in-depth and highly interactive sessions. To give you a taste of the topics we’ve discussed previously, past RDMF workshop titles are given below. Click on them to see more details.

You’ll also find details of forthcoming RDMF workshops on this page. Let us know if you have ideas for a future topic.

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03 June 2020 | Zoom
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.  
16 September 2019 | The British Library
Managing and sharing data effectively requires a significant investment from research communities and data service providers. Effort needs to be allocated to plan and execute data management activities such as creating data documentation and preparing data for deposit. Resources also need to be committed to ensure appropriate services are in place and required allocations are made.
09 April 2019 |
The RDMF is returning - unconference style! Hot on the heels of a trial at IDCC in Melbourne, we're bringing an unconference to the UK community.
20 November 2017 | Chancellors Hotel, Manchester
The Research Data Management Forum is (we believe) the UK's longest running research data focused series of events. This Autumn we return to the RDMF's spiritual home in Manchester! This event will be of interest to: representatives of library, information and research organisations; repository managers; data curators, data centre managers and other data professionals; research administrators and CRIS system managers; research funding organisations; publishers; researchers and research networks.
09 June 2017 | Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London
The seventh RDMF meeting, held in Warwick back in 2011, took “Incentivising Data Management and Sharing” as its topic, with presentations providing funder, institutional and infrastructural perspectives on the then-nascent discipline.
21 November 2016 | Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh
It’s been more than eighteen months since EPSRC’s data policy mandate came into force, and the joint Concordat on Open Research Data is in place with broad support and institutional guidelines to match.  Across UK Higher Education, many systems have been refreshed, services established, and guidelines put in place.  Research data, alongside its cousin research software, is finding its place in institutional and national catalogues as a ‘first-class citizen’ among the research outputs to which they are linked.
09 November 2015 | Hilton York Hotel, York
Simple, accurate transfer of content between systems and across institutional boundaries is one of the core aims of information management. In the research environment, there is an accepted need to link publications to the datasets which underpin them, and to sustain these links over the long term, thereby ensuring a more robust and trustworthy scholarly record.
29 April 2015 | Friends House, London
The phrase ‘preparing data for deposit’ might conjure images of the final days of a research project, when staff may be more concerned with getting started on their next piece of work (and possibly their next place of work) than tidying up loose ends from the research that is due to conclude.
18 November 2014 | College Court Conferencing Centre, Leicester
Seamless flow of content between systems and across institutional boundaries is one of the core – if perhaps utopian – goals of information management. At a basic level, there is within the research community a shared desire and a growing impetus to link publications to the datasets which underpin them, and to sustain these links for the longer-term. But while the publications will generally be held in comparatively stable repositories, data (and metadata) may be created, held in, and accessed via, a variety of different systems.
20 June 2014 | Cavendish Campus, University of Westminster, London
The increasing obligation to manage and share data in an active way is to the majority of scholars a relatively new (and not always welcome) facet of their roles. Research data managers and support teams may therefore find benefit in tailoring the assistance, tools and guidance they offer their researchers in ways that synchronise smoothly with existing working practices. Furthermore, from a quality and transparency standpoint, workflows and lifecycle models can serve to standardise research processes, underpinning the openness and reproducibility of scholarship.
03 September 2013 | St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford
In recent times the principal focus for research data management protagonists has been upon scientific data, due perhaps to a combination of conspicuous Government or funder declarations with a bias towards the sciences and the very public consciousness of examples of 'big data', notably the output from CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
25 April 2013 | Lakeside Conference Centre, Birmingham
14 November 2012 | Madingley Hall, Cambridge
Examples of technological change designed to assist the producers, users and managers of research data are becoming increasingly prevalent.
29 March 2012 | Hilton Southampton, Southampton
Hosted by the University of Southampton, this event took place at the Hilton Southampton hotel. The programme included speakers from Nature, Elsevier, Dryad, the International Union of Crystallography and Faculty of 1000. Presentations from RDMF8: Ruth Wilson, Nature Publishing
02 November 2011 | Scarman House, University of Warwick, Coventry
The seventh RDMF workshop took place at the University of Warwick on 2nd and 3rd November 2011. The theme for the workshop was Incentivising Data Management & Sharing. Presentations and discussions addressed a vibrant range of questions including
05 May 2011 | University of Leicester, Leicester
The sixth meeting of the Research Data Management Forum (RDMF6) was hosted by the University of Leicester on 5th and 6th May 2011.  The theme for the meeting provided an opportunity to explore the principles for data management planning that are set by the major funders, what these mean in practice for researchers and institutions, as well as how plans are assessed, monitored and their agreed outputs measured. Presentations and discussions comprised
13 January 2011 | Centre Point, London
On 13th January 2011 an invited group of researchers, together with senior library, IT and data centre staff, and with representatives from the DCC, RIN and JISC, met to develop a forward strategy for the Research Data Management Forum (RDMF). The purpose of the meeting was to consider the nature and outcome of the first five RDMF events, observe the impact of changes in the research data landscape since November 2007 (when the RDMF was created) and produce a revised strategy for the appropriate continuation of the RDMF.
27 October 2010 | Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
This was the fifth meeting of the Research Data Management Forum. Aimed at researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, information and research organisations, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists, research funding organisations and research networks, the event addressed the topic "Economics of Applying and Sustaining Digital Curation." Programme and Slides
10 March 2010 | Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
This was the fourth meeting of the Research Data Management Forum. Aimed at researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, information and research organisations, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists, research funding organisations and research networks, the event addressed the topic "Dealing with Sensitive Data: managing ethics, security and trust." Programme and presentations
30 April 2009 | Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
In partnership with the Research Information Network, the DCC held the third RDMF workshop on the Value and Benefits of Data Sharing and Management at Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester.
26 November 2008 | Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
Following on from our Research Data Management Forum: Inaugural Workshop on 19-20 March 2008, the DCC - in partnership with the Research Information Network - held the second workshop on the roles and responsibilities for effective data management at Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester. The themes explored at this workshop included:
19 March 2008 | Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester
In partnership with the Research Information Network we have created a new forum for the exchange of experience and best practice between the managers and technical staff from UK data centres, university repository installations and other related organisations with responsibility for the discovery, delivery and preservation of digital research output.
19 November 2007 | Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN
Round-table planning meeting for our Research Data Management Forum.