This blog is written by the Jisc team that work on research data activity, it is largely concerned with activity relating to research data management and use. Most of the posts will concern the Jisc work that is developing new approaches and solutions to address research data management and use, including the new research at risk co-design challenge. However it will also include posts about related activity and work we engage in with regards to research data outside of Jisc, for example where we might work with European projects or attend workshops and conferences.
Research data is an important output of research, and is used within the research process. The EPSRC definition of research data is:
“Research data is defined as recorded factual material commonly retained by and accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings; although the majority of such data is created in digital format, all research data is included irrespective of the format in which it is created.”
Increasingly the importance of managing and re-using research data is recognised as something essential to the integrity of research and its validation as well as the potential to support re-use and support new discoveries. Around the world this is being promoted at a policy level, and the UK research funders have policies in place that seek data to be managed by researchers and universities. Jisc is working to help address the challenge and realise the opportunities.
Prior Jisc work that was under the managing research data programme is also contained on this blog.