Our aim is that all UK universities and their researchers will have the capability to create, manage and share research data effectively in order to underpin world leading and excellent research.
Working with key stakeholders, Jisc will provide infrastructure, advice and tools to support universities in establishing good data management practice as a core part of their research function. This work will support those who are responsible for ensuring that research data is effectively managed whether to comply with funder mandates or to underpin research excellence within their institution.
Recognising the importance of working in partnership to address these challenges, we are working with universities, relevant professional associations and primary national organisations such as the research councils to address the needs raised by universities and stakeholders.
Both immediate and long term research data needs are covered.
Key topics and solutions
Vision, planning and policy
We aim to help you set the right policies and actions in place to underpin management and use of research data and to respond to funder mandates. Read our sector-owned vision for the next five years for research data management.
We have also developed some guidance to help universities respond to Research Council policies, including advice around the EPSRC mandate.
Uncertainty around the cost for institutions to set up and sustain a robust RDM system is a significant problem. We will provide templates for the construction of an RDM business case and related templates for costings.
Shared services and infrastructure
We will help you to understand the infrastructure you need in place to manage and use research data, either through supporting you to develop this internally or to provide a suite of shared services to address research data needs.
We are developing:
- a research data discovery service for the UK
- preservation and storage services (eg the Arkivum framework agreement)
- frameworks and national agreements for access to systems and tools
- key standards to support more effective and efficient management of research data and research information (including ORCID)
We are also looking to work with you to develop experiments and prototypes for new solutions to keep RDM up to date and cutting edge - for example, our research data spring project and competition.
We aim to support the development of skills and capabilities of those people who manage data within your institution, from researchers and research managers to library and IT staff. Materials and reports from across Jisc will be brought together as an easy-to-navigate central source of information, advice and guidance.
We recognise that more work is needed to inspire researchers to see the benefits of more active management of research data. We support research data managers to help them achieve this.
This project will develop a set research data exemplars and case studies.