Prospective Partners for Data Management Infrastructure Bids

Below is a list of organisations which, at the 6 July Briefing Day, made themselves known as keen to be partners in a Bid to the Data Management Infrastructure Call.

British Geological Survey (BGS): Jeremy Giles ( Garry Baker (

The British Geological Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council.  We manage the ‘National Geoscience Data Centre’ and have a wealth of experience in Information and Data Management including managing the output of NERC funded geoscience programmes. We would welcome the opportunity to partner with HEI’s in this JISC –Data management call. (Links: and

The British Library: Adam Farquhar ( or Max Wilkinson ( for projects relating to data citation.

The British Library’s Dataset Programme seeks to define and implement services to reduce the divide between traditional research publications and the data that underlies them.

As part of this programme, the Digital Library Technology department considers the JISC ‘Data Management Infrastructure Call for Projects’ as an excellent opportunity to identify and further develop the requirements for those who generate and consume data with those that persist and present high value datasets.

As a partner, the BL can provide

  1. The Researcher Information Centre (RIC).  Developed with Microsoft, the RIC provides a collaborative environment to support the full research life-cycle.
  2. UK PubMedCentral (UKPMC).  The UKPMC service provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.
  3. NAMES.  The Jisc-funded NAMES project is developing a pilot name authority service for researchers. DataCite – the international data citation initiative.
  4. DataCite enables data centres to assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to datasets and is developing essential services to cite, find, and reuse data.

The BL is particularly interested in working with partners to understand the requirements of researchers and other stakeholders around data citation and use, identify best practices in several disciplines, and extend these practices to a broader community.
Bull Information Systems: Gordon Nother (

Bull are the largest European owned System Integrator and have being providing our customers with end to end solutions for over 70 years. As a major supporter of Open Source and Green Computing, we have been bringing a professional and structured approach to further develop open ecosystems, and promote new ways of helping organisations to innovate, collaborate, and become more competitive.

We have also carried this physiology into our ‘StoreWay’ offering. We provide a full lifecycle of services which encompass Data Management & Storage Infrastructure:

We deliver true and measurable transformation into the DataCentre, and enable secure Data Management Efficiency through optimisation, consolidation, Virtulisation, active tiered storage & management, and collaboration.

Digital Archives (at ULCC): Kevin Ashley ( or

ULCC’s Digital Archives department is a cross-disciplinary team of developers, archivists, data specialists and repository specialists. We have experience with audit and assessment methodologies relevant to this programme such as DAF, Drambora and AIDA (the last of which we developed) and in guiding and implementing organisational and technological changes in relation to digital asset management of all sorts, including research data. We also collaborate with the DCC on training in data curation and digital preservation, and have experience with JISC project delivery and management. We seek partners with research data who are looking for assistance with the problem scoping phase, the specification of pilot solutions, and project evaluation and dissemination.

Ex Libris UK Ltd: Robert Bley (

National Grid Service (NGS): Andrew Richards (

DCC 101-Lite Course for Prospective Bidders to Data Management Infrastructure Call

JISC and DCC Joint Workshop: Digital Curation 101 Lite
15 July 2009
Park Plaza Hotel,
Leeds, England

About the Course
This course is being offered jointly by JISC and the DCC to support new bids under the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call. Using our DCC Curation Lifecycle Model ( as a reference point, this one-day course will introduce participants to the range and nature of data curation activities and provide hands-on experience in making use of the Data Audit Framework (DAF) and Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA).  The event will run from 11:00-16:00 to allow for travel.

The majority of scientific research is carried out through short-term, funded projects. Accordingly, principle investigators and researchers must constantly be on the lookout for new funding opportunities to continue their research activity. This, coupled with often limited staffing resources, has meant that data management and curation activities have not generally been given a high priority within research projects. However, research councils and funding bodies are becoming increasingly aware of the value of sharing and reusing data and now require evidence of adequate and appropriate provisions for data management and curation in new grant funding applications. To assist researchers in developing sound data management and curation plans, we developed this workshop to provide an introduction to digital curation and the range of activities that should be considered when planning and implementing new projects.

Benefits of Participation
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have gained an insight into the range and nature of data management and curation activities that should be considered when planning new research projects using the digital curation lifecycle model as a reference point, and be better equipped to develop bids that reflect the recommendations cited in the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call.

Target Audience
The target audience for this workshop is prospective bidders for the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call.


This course is offered free of charge but places are limited to 25 participants. Register at

Further courses may be added over the life of the Data Management Infrastructure Programme. Details will be posted via the DCC and JISC websites as they are confirmed.

Please note: This course aims to introduce participants to the range of activities and stakeholders that should be considered for active data curation, from conceptualisation of research projects through to access and reuse of data generated. If you are more interested in learning about organisational and technological issues with regards to digital preservation, we highly recommend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP)  ( which is targeted at managers in institutions who are grappling with fundamental digital preservation issues.

Joy Davidson, DCC,

STFC e-Science Centre Looking to Partner a Bid to Research Data Management Call

The STFC e-Science centre would like to partner an institution in a bid to the JISC Research Data Management Call.

The e-science centre at The Science and Technology Facilities Council (See would like to hear from partners with experience in delivering data management solutions and operational services.  STFC (previously CCLRC and PPARC) have significant expertise in this area. In particular the e-science centre at STFC:

Please contact Gordon Brown at the e-science centre at STFC for more information