We’re working on a pilot service to allow researchers and institutions to meet their policy requirements for the deposit and curation of research data.
What we’re doing
The pilot service will enable researchers to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation. This means that they are able to provide sustainable access to research data so it can be re-used.
- Produce a new system that can be offered as a managed service, relieving burden from institutional IT and procurement staff
- Procure research data management (RDM) services and consultancy to support pilot institutions’ RDM requirements and implementation
We will focus on creating an intuitive user experience, providing ease of use for researchers and interoperability between institutional and external research systems.
We will provide pilot institutions with a research object repository solution that will be funder policy compliant and will support best practice.
To achieve this we’re building a framework of suppliers to provide services in the following areas:
- Research data repositories
- Research data preservation platforms
- Research data reporting platforms
- R&D and development services around repository plugins
- Interoperability with internal and external systems
- Development of research data preservation tools
- User experience enhancements for existing platforms
In addition to this framework we are using existing cloud storage and data archiving agreements for initial development. There will also be some development around interoperability with other Jisc research data infrastructure, in particular the research data discovery service and the research data download statistics projects.
Why this matters
Our research at risk co-design process identified the need for research data shared services for UK institutions. The main drivers behind this need include:
- Meeting funder policy compliance
- Enabling good practices in research data management
- Pooling resources to achieve financial and resource efficiencies
How this benefits you
We want to enable researchers to easily publish, archive and preserve their research outputs by creating interoperable and light-touch services. These services will allow researchers and institutions to fulfil and go beyond policy requirements and adhere to best practice throughout the RDM lifecycle.
Who we're working with
The HEI stakeholders directly involved were selected specifically to span a broad spectrum of institutions.
See a list of our stakeholders
- Cardiff University
- CREST (Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training)
- Imperial College London
- Lancaster University
- Middlesex University London
- Plymouth University
- Royal College of Music
- St George's, University of London
- University of Cambridge
- University of Lincoln
- University of St Andrews
- University of Surrey
- University of York
We are also working with a wide range of research data management (RDM), repository and other relevant system suppliers and developers.
- UK research data discovery service
- Research at risk
- Research data spring
- Research data metrics
- Collaboration to clarify the cost of curation (4C)
See also our cloud services.
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