Can blockchain be applied to Research Data Management?

At a number of recent events I’ve had the privilege to attend—in particular PASIG NYC and iPRES—the magical incantation “We could/should use blockchain for this” has been uttered by speakers more than once (to the delight of those who play buzzword bingo at such affairs)..  There was very much a feeling amongst some participants (at … 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

How would you solve the research challenges of the future?

Co-design Launch 2016 This week sees the launch of Jisc’s latest co-design challenge (#codesign16), a consultation to find the next set of big ideas for technology in education and research. There are 6 challenges in total, derived from our recently released set of visions, and now we need the help of Jisc members and other … 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

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

Reflections on the Research Data Shared Service pilot workshop and Research Data Network events in Cambridge

A few weeks have passed since the last Research Data Shared Service pilots meeting, and Research Data Network event. This was 48 hours of UK research data activity in the picturesque setting of Corpus Christ College, Cambridge, offering a chance for members of the project pilot institutions to meet with the Jisc project staff, and … Read more

Research data magic, anyone?

Earlier this month we ran the second Research Data Network and Research Data Shared Service Pilots meeting. It was kindly hosted by the University of Cambridge at Corpus Christi. In this guest blog post, Alice Motes, the research data and preservation manager at the University of Surrey shares her thoughts and experience of the two … 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