Research at Risk

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

  • Access to researchers, sustainable services, and technology.  Examples include
  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.
  • Act as brokers between HEIs, publishers and other non-HEI organisations (such as datacentres).
  • Proven capacity to provide high-quality sustainable national services within the remit of the British Library.

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:

  • Audits
  • Benchmarking & gap analysis
  • Classification
  • Design
  • Policies & procedures
  • Data availability & DR
  • Tiered SLA design
  • Risk analysis & change simulation
  • Implementation
  • Vendor agnostic fulfilment & support.

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 (