Category Archives: Research data blogs

ForSci – a repository for the forensic science community

 by Helen Kara We Research It Jisc is looking at how it can use the repository infrastructure currently being built for the research data shared service to meet use cases outside the traditional university institutional repository. In our first case we are working with the forensic science community to gather requirements for a research outputs … Read more

Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK Workshop

Introduction At the beginning of this month we hosted our first Research Data Alliance meeting in the UK. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a unique community-drive organisation of over 4,500 volunteers, over 44 organisations, from 115 countries, but with a shared interest to discuss and develop ‘data bridges’ to enable open data sharing across … Read more

Finding out what researchers really, really want from a research data shared service

 By Rob Johnson, Research Consulting ‘So tell me what you want, what you really, really want’ sang the Spice Girls back in 1996. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have research data in mind at the time, but 20 years on we’ve been asking the same question of researchers in relation to Jisc’s research data shared service (RDSS). The … Read more

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

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

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

Research Data Shared Service – OR2016

This post is a companion to a poster on the Jisc Research Data Shared Service that John Kaye is presenting for Jisc at the Open Repositories conference this week in Dublin. You can download the poster [PDF] here: RDSS Poster Open Repositories June 2016 This post provides an overview of the current status of the … Read more

Semantometrics: exploring full text research metrics

Petr Knoth and Dasha Herrmanova from the Open University have experimented with a new approach to research assessment metrics (semantometrics) which isn’t based on citation data alone but argues that the full text is needed to assess the value of a research article. This research supports the findings of the HEFCE Metrics Tide Report that proposed … Read more

Jisc RDM Shared Service – Perspectives from Cambridge

In the first of a series of blog posts from RDM Shared Service Pilot institutions Sarah Middle, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Cambridge, outlines their perspectives and motivations for wanting to be involved with the project  The Jisc Shared Research Data Management Service pilot will allow institutions to work collaboratively with the aim of producing a … Read more

Research Data Shared Service Pilot Institutions & Research Data Network

This blog post announces the results of the call for formal expressions of interest to be a pilot institution in Jisc’s research data management shared service and also announces an accompanying ‘Research Data Network’ to engage with interested institutions who are not part of the pilot. Pilot Institutions In October Jisc invited formal expressions of … Read more