Designs on RDM

Things have reached an interesting stage.

I have been working with the University Research Computing Management Group, and have established a Working Group under this to pull together some of the relevant functions involved in RDM related work.  This includes IT Services, Academic Practice Unit, Library and Research Support Office (with additional liaison with Information Assurance).  Whilst there is no central RDM function this has revealed the various pieces of work, responsibilities etc. each of the above has.  Part of my work therefore has been to start to join things up, for example looking at specifically labelled RDM elements within training/induction events, and considering a strand of an existing research lecture series to focus on RDM within the various colleges here.

Of most pressing concern has been the need to focus on creation of an RDM website and an awareness leaflet/brochure for the start of the new term – 1 October. In terms of the website this has been quite a challenge in relation to the mechanics of establishing, within a short timescale, a living breathing site which will do a job but also meet the necessary corporate branding and style. Without neither a large team or specific funding for this it is quite a challenge balancing the need to do liaison/co-ordination work, set up, attend and generate useful notes from a variety of meetings, source available external resources for the website, develop original Leicester material, agree precise wording for the communications material, and to some extent become a designer (hoping to hand that over to the professionals when mock-ups are agreed).

I imagine similar challenges arise across most if not all of those with Transformations projects. Being successful in the bid was very useful for me as a means to raise the profile of the objectives of this project and link them very closely with the ambitions of the existing Research Computing Management Group – to develop Research Data Management within the University. That has helped to justify some of my time being dedicated to this work, and more than would have otherwise have been possible.  There is still the inevitable issue though of being pulled between this and other priorities and projects. How many of us were actually employed to do the work we want to/feel we should prioritise… and how feasible is it to move towards doing what it seems would prove most useful?

3 thoughts on “Designs on RDM

  1. James A J Wilson

    Hi Andrew,

    If you need some induction materials before the new team you could always modify some of the materials we’ve worked on during the Sudamih project, which we’re now updating and adding to under the aegis of the Damaro project. We’ve got some induction slide packs and fact sheets (see, and a handy (if out of date) induction leaflet available from (look under training materials). You’ll need to do a bit of rebranding and modification, but many of the underlying principles are likely to be the same. We’ve also set up a central RDM hub website for Oxford at which you’re welcome to borrow ideas from.


    James (Damaro Project Manager)

    1. amburnham Post author

      Thanks very much for that James.
      With a tight schedule to get a first version of our RDM site up by October we are looking at pointing to external available resources intially and from that point adapting and creating more of our own material. Equally we are starting from a generic perspective and hoping to move to finding/developing more discipline-specific guidance and training.
      I will definitely have a closer look at the resources you have pointed me to – thanks.

  2. Jonathan Tedds

    James – thanks very much for your kind offer which we will definitely be taking you up on as Andrew says 🙂 We’re thinking how to achieve the right balance between external resources, internal resources and at both the appropriate institutional and disciplinary levels in this area. I’m sensitive to the researcher tending to see everything through the prism of their own discipline! We will point people to the first iteration on this in early October and then expect to keep revising and refreshing from then on…

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