Benefits of Collaboration

I recently spent a day with colleagues from The University of York (thanks Ian and Liz – http://uoy-rdmproject.blogspot.co.uk/) and Mark – “Critical Friend” for our group of projects (the enigmatically titled “Black Cluster”) talking about our Transformations projects.

It was the first opportunity to do this during the year-long project.  On reflection I think it was a very useful way to spend a day.  I think we all agreed that we have found considerable benefit from the structure of this and related Jisc programmes (particularly MRD – Managing Research Data) whereby a number of universities have been supported to do complementary work, and to produce output which is designed to be shared and re-purposed.

It was particularly refreshing to spend a day in a small group setting with people open to share experiences and reflect on their own and others’ work.  I think this is particularly valuable as RDM is a subject where much of the interest and expertise sits with colleagues at other institutions rather within our own.

I am hoping that this will lead to collaboration between us.