Category Archives: research data spring

Blogs and updates on the research data spring initiative.

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

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

Humanising data: an artist’s perspective

One of the research data spring projects, Artivity, is looking at new ways in which we can help artists not only improve their practice by automatically recording the steps they take in creating the chef d’oeuvre, but also collect and share the artistic ‘research data’. In this blog post, Gino Ballantyne, an established artist and … 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

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

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

Digital Preservation handbook – new edition launched

On the 22nd June 2016, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook at the picturesque Guildhall in York. In addition to meeting the welcoming staff of the Digital Preservation Coalition, I also had the opportunity to chat with many of the authors and experts who had … Read more

Pitch Perfect: digital preservation and the Jisc research data spring

As part of the research data spring initiative, we have worked with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) to review and help each project ameliorate. In this blog, Paul Wheatley of the DPC, recalls previous Jisc projects around preservation and reflects on the new research data spring initiative and how … Read more