Author Archives: Daniela Duca

Where are we with open research data infrastructures in the UK?

Since the Royal Society published its ‘Science as an open enterprise’ report in 2012 and RCUK set out its research data policies a year earlier, the UK has progressed on the open data agenda, despite quite a tumultuous political period and lots of change. Whether we are moving fast enough or not is something that … Read more

Impressions from the ARMA 2017 annual conference

Last week I attended my first ARMA conference which took place in Liverpool. There hasn’t been a better time to bring together research support managers from across and outside of the UK to discuss and reflect on our role in driving the global research strategy. It was popping! The number of people, exhibitors, sponsors and … Read more

Research at risk: spring progress update 2017

Over the past year, a remarkable range of events have taken place. Anything from the launch of the Concordat on Open Research Data, to the royal assent of the Higher Education and Research Bill most recently.  In the meantime, we have been making strides on the Jisc research futures projects, both – the ones from … Read more

The SSI Collaborations Workshop 2017

A couple of weeks ago, the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) organised a 3-day long Collaborations Workshop for anyone and everyone, but mostly researchers, developers and software engineers that are interested in the implications of open data and the Internet of Things. We were pleased to sponsor a travel grant for a PhD student and the … Read more

Market research for the research data shared service

As part of the research data shared service pilot project, we are running a market research exercise. What does this mean? Well, it can mean a number of things. Our main goal is to understand the current needs, requirements and the position of a variety of institutions that are not currently directly engaged as a … Read more

Research data shared service – March meeting

Last week, around 40 representatives from research data shared service (rdss) pilot institutions participated in an rdss workshop. There were a number updates on the progress of the service: market research, costing, hiring, contracts, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), engagement strategies. And a few exercises: a temperature check on the project, brainstorming legal and business case … Read more

What is everyone saying about research software?

Research software, as the name implies, is literally code written to solve a problem that a research team is facing. Most commonly, research teams try to automate some of their experiments or calculations using code. Sometimes these require a lot of knowledge and expertise and the teams may be looking for a research software engineer. … Read more

Does my data look good in this?

A few weeks ago, UCA organised a workshop for all those interested in research data management in the creative arts. Amy Robinson reports back with a few takeaways and some useful links. Exploring research data management in the creative arts Booked up within a flash and oversubscribed, the Jisc-funded workshop, ‘Does my data look good … Read more

Research data in the creative and performing arts

Around this time last year, I started to consciously collect research data while I was creating the pieces for my first UK art exhibition. Having done some work in biochemistry and quite familiar with the concept of scientific research data, I took this as a challenge. I was overly optimistic about my experience and really … Read more

PASIG NYC: the other side of preservation from the other side of the pond

Last week, Paul Stokes and I were lucky enough to attend the PASIG conference in New York City. Beside it being hosted by the greatest Museum of Modern Art (I am definitely biased and recommend 5th Floor!), it was packed with delegates and information. Almost 300 people attended to listen and engage in 3 days … Read more