Research data management infrastructure projects (RDMI)
Higher education institutions are coming under increasing pressure to manage the research data generated by their researchers that cannot be curated by subject-based data centres - and many are unsure how to proceed given the absence of clear good practice. To address such concerns, JISC’s Managing Research Data programme has, with an investment of nearly £2M, funded eight projects to provide the UK Higher Education sector with examples of good research data management.
The projects are first identifying requirements to manage data created by researchers within an institution, or across a group of institutions, and then piloting research data management infrastructures at institutional, departmental or research group level, to address these requirements. In order better to understand the investment and change that may be required, cost-benefit analysis is included in the projects’ work.
It is intended that these pilots will demonstrate the varied ways in which research data management infrastructure can generate benefits for the HE sector: e.g. savings of time, more efficient research, better allocation of resources to active research, greater opportunities for sharing and reuse. Individually and as a group, it is hoped that these projects will contribute to a broader case for the improving data management practices in UK HE.
The RDMI Projects are being supported in their requirements analysis work by the DCC; and in their cost-benefits analysis and preparation of business models by Charles Beagrie Ltd.
The findings which emerge from the Projects' requirements analysis and use of data management planning tools will feed into work to refine and integrate existing methodologies and tools (e.g. DAF, DRAMBORA, AIDA).