Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations

University of Leicester Research Data Management Poster

“Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations” was the title of the Jisc Managing Research Data workshop which I attended this week (25-26 March, Aston Business School). 

It was a really busy programme with numerous presentations from those in the MRD programme and others, structured around the themes of what is now termed the “RDM Support Service”.  As this is the theme of my Transformations project it is all relevant stuff.  Whilst there was an awful lot to take in, with so many people there (approaching 100), so many institutions represented, and with the inclusion of external and international contributors it provided a great opportunity to find out what people are doing and achieving, and of course to compare and contrast with personal experiences and progress.

Congratulations to all those people who have achieved so much.

I will reflect in more depth later but some of the points of interest included:

  • Finding out about progression with RDM business cases (and the varying results)
  • Some approaches being taken to present RDM work as a short term enterprise, assuming that skills and practices will be embedded within a couple of years
  • Who is/whether anyone is taking responsibility for RDM related work
  • The scope of RDM, its interfaces and whether for example it is thought to include, be related to or separate from Open Access publication.
  • Numerous approaches to website development which show some similarities e.g. creating a single “research data” email contact, but also quite stark differences e.g. considered and collaborative development versus more “agile” or pragmatic approaches, minimal content (emphasising signposting resources and support) versus comprehensive content, and assumptions of sites being fairly static (who will be resourced to maintain long-term) or versus evolving.
  • International comparison with presentations regarding experience in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.


I also found the poster presentation a useful element with the challenge to distil significant projects into a single A3 (or larger) poster. The effort from Leicester is shown above (click on the image to see a larger version).