05 December 2011

Comments on JISC MRD 2011-13 Launch Meeting

I attended last week’s launch meeting held at the very impressive NCL Conference Centre, Nottingham (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/di_researchmanagement/managingresearchdata/mrdlaunch.aspx). Good to catch up with people I’d met through our previous RDM project (DATUM for Health www.northumbria.ac.uk/datum) and to meet new people. The range of new (longer) infrastructure and (very short) data management planning projects is impressive. The poster session provided an excellent opportunity to get snapshot overviews of these and to talk with project staff. A couple of other highlights:
  • the session about benefits and impact measurement – good discussion with colleagues at University of Hertfordshire, despite our very different projects we shared some good ideas about what might be possible. And Neil Beagrie indicated RDM projects should be ‘eligible’ as REF impact case studies
  • the session for short projects on data management planning and meeting funder requirements. My short presentation generated some really good discussion and sharing of views, ideas and experiences, meaning it wasn’t short in the end! In addition to sharing our experiences from DATUM for Health and now DATUM in Action I highlighted the importance of managing the retention of research data/information – I don’t think the message from the RDM projects should be ‘keep everything’. We must try to assess value/potential value no matter how challenging that can be – appraisal is one of the most difficult aspects of information/records management as records managers and archivists know well! Really good ideas about writing research data papers and publishing in open journals – common in some science disciplines but not something I’m familiar with in information management, social sciences. REDm-MED and REWARD projects are really interesting and relevant to ours.

A real buzz over the two days, lots of blogging and tweeting. Congratulations to Programme Manager Dr Simon Hodson for organising such a stimulating event.

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