Launching into 2013

 Returning back to work after the Christmas break all things RDM related have picked up pace and urgency.

 Things to report include…

… or to put it another way, the University was represented at the recent International Data Curation Conference in Amsterdam.  Jonathan Tedds took along our RDM poster to be included in poster presentations there and was happy to report that it was judged by attendees as number 3 amongst approximately 50 posters from around the world –  The poster features the question “What would you do if you lost your research data tomorrow?” as featured on our website and leaflets.

“RDM User Group” Launch
On 22 January we held a launch event for what may or may not henceforth be called an “RDM User Group”.  In other words we invited researchers from across the University to attend an afternoon of presentations by internal and external speakers to look at the broad RDM context and what is happening here at Leicester.  This is with a view to creating an on-going relationship and communications channel with and between all Departments and corporate functions that have a concern for RDM issues.

We were very pleased with the turnout from the University, and many thanks to Veerle Van den Eyden (UK Data Archive – “Best Practice in Research Data Management for Data Sharing”) and Alex Ball (UKOLN, University of Bath – “Tackling Challenges in Research Data Management”) for making it from long distance across the snowy wastes to Leicester. Importantly I can report that the sandwiches were really good.

RDM Sustainability
Like many other institutions we are currently considering long-term sustainability of RDM improvement efforts, and defining and implementing an RDM Support Service.  As and when progress is made I will post information.