Because good research needs good data

RDMF16: Data (and) Systems, Redux

21-22 November 2016 |

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.

Views will vary as to how accurate a picture this paints. For some institutions it may be spot-on, but for others the RDM service still represents the ‘best endeavours’ of a handful of people, reliant on local contacts and peers in friendly institutions.   Excellent systems are being put in place, against a rapidly evolving ecosystem including European and global research infrastructures.  The need to connect more broadly and more deeply than ever is a common concern, even for institutions already operating ‘business-as-usual’ RDM services, and successfully engaging with depositors and re-users.

This event offers those responsible for research data services new opportunities to influence and be inspired by key developments, refresh their contacts, and share strategies and perspectives in an unbiased and platform-agnostic environment.

Challenges to be considered might include:

  • How will data repositories evolve and compete with CRIS, file sharing and related platforms?
  • What tools, strategies and workflows enable institutions to connect open data, safe sharing, and confidential collaboration – and manage the risks?
  • How can research data services connect with broader research infrastructures and information, engage with non-academic data sources, and promote reuse beyond the research audience?

Speakers and presentations

Slides for each of the presentations are now available:

The event agenda can be accessed via the link at the side of this page.

Blog posts:

Amplification: We used the hashtag #rdmf16 - there's a Storify page here, but searching Twitter is a better idea.

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Costs and Registration

Standard registrations are now full, but a limited number of day-only registrations remain. Please contact if you would like to register on a day-only basis.

Venue address and travel:

Hilton Grosvenor Hotel
5-21 Grosvenor St
EH12 5EF

If arriving by train, alight at Haymarket rather than Waverley. If arriving by air, the airport tram and bus both stop opposite Haymarket station, which is about a 100m walk from the venue.

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