Achieving sustainability through community building: dispatches from the RDA 8th Plenary / International Data Week 2016

This blog post is written by Linda Naughton & Dom Fripp Introduction Courageous adherents of the research data cause will have signed up for not one, not two, but three research data conferences held at the Sheraton in Denver this month: SciDataCon, International Data Forum (IDF) and the Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) 8th Plenary meeting. … Read more

Reflections on the Research Data Shared Service pilot workshop and Research Data Network events in Cambridge

A few weeks have passed since the last Research Data Shared Service pilots meeting, and Research Data Network event. This was 48 hours of UK research data activity in the picturesque setting of Corpus Christ College, Cambridge, offering a chance for members of the project pilot institutions to meet with the Jisc project staff, and … Read more

Research data magic, anyone?

Earlier this month we ran the second Research Data Network and Research Data Shared Service Pilots meeting. It was kindly hosted by the University of Cambridge at Corpus Christi. In this guest blog post, Alice Motes, the research data and preservation manager at the University of Surrey shares her thoughts and experience of the two … Read more

Research data spring showcase

Two years ago we launched the research data spring initiative. It has been challenging but a most exciting experience. From 70 ideas, and together with a group of brilliant and committed people, we worked and developed 16 projects. In the last phase, the teams have developed and enhanced 6 different tools to help researchers and … Read more

Research Data Alliance (RDA) Workshop in the UK

On the 2 November 2016, Jisc and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) will host their first joint workshop in Birmingham, UK. At the event topics include how to engage with the RDA, practical uses of RDA outputs, and discussions with groups working on Certification of Digital Repositories, Metadata Standards, Data Citation and Publishing Data. This … Read more

Software Reuse, Repurposing and Reproducibility in 2016: all talk….and some DataCite action

In this guest blog post, Catherine Jones, talks about the Software Reuse, Repurposing and Reproducibility project and the progress she and the team have made around improving the DataCite Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for research software. The Software Reuse, Repurposing and Reproducibility project was funded by our research data spring initiative from April to November … Read more

Research Data Network — who, what, where, when, how and why?

Some of you may have noticed something called the Research Data Network1 being mention with increasing regularity by people in and around the world of Research Data Management. No doubt you’re wondering what it’s all about (you have indeed clicked into this blog which suggests a degree of curiosity). Hopefully this short piece will satisfy … Read more

OR2016 conference report

It feels very much like another world, but two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the OR2016 conference in Trinity College, Dublin alongside Jisc colleagues including John Kaye and Balvair Notay. Open Repositories 2016 gathers together interest groups based around the four major open repository platforms: dSpace, ePrints, Fedora and Invenio. There were … Read more

Assessing the sustainability of the research data spring projects

In this guest blog post, Steve Crouch, research software group lead at the Software Sustainability Institute, talks about the lightweight sustainability assessment of the research data spring projects and his feedback and impressions as a part of the judging panel. He also briefly touches upon the latest webinar we run for the projects on financing … Read more