Why this blog is here


I’m Andrew Burnham.

I am based at the University of Leicester where I have the title of “Senior IT Research Liaison Manager”.  This post happens to be based in IT Services where I act as an interface between researchers and IT.

A bit of background…

My background is within information technology/systems/management within the University sector, and the NHS.  Within the NHS I developed IT within a psychiatric service, did such things as network management, and then moved on to giving more attention to psychiatric research – database development, data analysis, and means to analyse longitudinal data to learn about psychiatric service impact and outcomes.  While I was based in the NHS I researched information systems implementation for a doctorate.

More recently I was based in corporate NHS Trust IM&T and in a Health Informatics organisation.  Things I was involved in here include information governance, pseudonymisation, information asset ownership… and much more like this.  In particular I developed an information management solution to collate, centralise, organise, categorise (and lots of other “ises”) clinically based documentation.  From a position where there was no central resource, the system, which was a very low cost/low tech solution held approaching 1.5 million documents.

JISC Transformations Project – Research Data Management at University of Leicester (UoLRDM)
I currently split my time between the BRIKSSkit project (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Software Service kit – http://www.brisskit.le.ac.uk/) – leading on information governance, general IT-Researcher liaison, and development of Research Data Management here at Leicester. 

With a JISC Transformation Project which I lead on, and working through the University Research Computing Management Group during 2012-13 deliverables include:

  1. RMCG Working Group – Establish working group to lead on RDM which includes IT Services, Library, Research Support Office and Academic Practice Unit staff.
  2. Website #1 – Design and implement initial website.
  3. Website #2 – Develop website, including University and discipline specific content.
  4. RDM brochure – Produce RDM brochure, complementing the website.
  5. Training – Co-ordinate the production of training materials and training sessions.
  6. RDM Guidelines – Develop research data management guidelines over next 12 months influenced by the above tasks.
  7. Research Data Roadmap – Generate and implement
  8. High level Research Data Roadmap – Generate and implement, reflecting a range of funder requirements and the University’s direction.

This blog will reflect progress (hopefully) made against these deliverables.