Category Archives: Programme deliverables

Evidence Gathering Session at the #jiscmrd Launch Workshop

In response to the Evidence Gathering Session at the JISC Managing Research Data Programme Launch Workshop, the large, 18-month ‘infrastructure’ projects were asked to produce blog posts identifying the key benefits which they felt the project would generate and indicating what evidence they felt they were likely to be able to produce, within and beyond the lifetime of the project. The posts are starting to appear and as they do, links will be provided below:

Strand A: Research Data Management Infrastructure

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Institutional Pilot Projects

ADMIRe (A Data Management Infrastructure for Research), University of Nottingham

Blogpost on benefits and metrics (with link to doc):
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Data.bris, University of Bristol

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Iridium, University of Newcastle

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Leeds RoaDMaP, University of Leeds

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Orbital, University of Lincoln

Benefits blog post pending.

Pilot Study in Health & Life Sciences, University of the West of England

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Research360, University of Bath

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Research Data @ Essex, University of Essex

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Service Oriented Toolkit for Research Data Management, University of Hertfordshire

Benefits blog post pending.

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Institutional Embedding and Transition to Service Projects

DaMaRO (Data Management Roll-out at Oxford), University of Oxford

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

DataPool, University of Southampton

Blogpost on project benefits and metrics:

MiSS (MaDAM into Sustainable Service), University of Manchester

Blogpost on benefits and impacts, including a consideration of timescales:

This post includes a helpful consideration of timescales and benefit types; it would be good, however, to provide some concrete examples for each of these categories, particularly the first two.

Open Exeter, University of Exeter

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Disciplinary Projects

KAPTUR, University for the Creative Arts

Blogpost on benefits and metrics, and applying KRDS toolkit:

PIMMS (Portable Infrastructure for the Metafor Metadata System), University of Reading

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

SWORD-ARM (SWORD & Archaeological Research data Management), University of York

Blogpost on benefits:

Research Data Management Infrastructure: Metadata

CERIF for Datasets, University of Sunderland

Blogpost on benefits and metrics:

Strand B and C: Research Data Management Planning Projects

The shorter projects in the programme, looking at issues around research data management planning and enhancing the DCC’s DMPonline tool were encouraged to provide information, but not obliged.

SMDMRDM (Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data), Queen Mary University of London

Benefits most relevant to the SMDMRD Project:

REDm-MED (Research Data Management for Mechanical Engineering Departments), University of Bath

The REDm-MED Project calls for discussions of benefits (and impact) to include those outside academia, here specifically industrial collaborators:

JISC Managing Research Data programme – mk. 02 is go!

In case it’s useful, here’s a quick report on the JISC MRD02 programme manager’s opening remarks.  Simon Hodson’s introductory talk contained quite a lot of useful information for those working on the new programme and “fellow travellers”.

Simon opened the launch event by welcoming the new projects joining the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme in its second funded iteration, plus some additional researchers from the last programme who were there to share experiences, and “fellow travellers”, i.e. interested other parties with experience to share or a particular interest in the work of the new iteration of the programme.

The current challenges include tackling management of the well-acknowledged data deluge: this is about huge quantities of data but the problems of managing this are not just limited to storage.  There are opportunities here: ways to improve and develop data re-use, run meta studies and engage with interdisciplinary grand challenges.  There is increasing awareness of research data as an asset and recognition of the fact that data has re-use value.  Simon stressed the importance of building on what’s already been done to ensure our work on research data management continues to make real progress.

Simon then described the new programme.  There are twenty-seven new projects funded through the 07-11 call for MRD02, across three main strands.

Strand A consists of the infrastructure projects – these include work on systems and storage, and also policy, support and guidance.  Nine projects from Strand A will be piloting new infrastructure, four will build on existing pilots, three will develop discipline-specific infrastructures and one will develop infrastructure with a focus on metadata.

Key deliverables for Strand A projects include:

  • Requirements analysis;
  • Implementation plan;
  • Description of a research data management system including lifecycle management and preservation;
  • Description of the human support infrastructure, i.e. the guidance and support that will be provided;
  • Institutional research data management policy;
  • Evidence of benefits of interventions made by each project and the cost of information where available;
  • Business plan for sustaining the pilot infrastructure or service.

There are ten more projects which are about planning in one way or another – these constitute Strands B and C.  These projects will help researchers, research groups and departments to meet funder requirements.  They will also explore discipline-specific challenges associated with making and executing DMPs.  There are eight 6-month projects developing DMPs and the infrastructure to implement these plans, and two 12-month projects enhancing DCC’s DMP Online tool.

Strand B planning projects will deliver

  • Requirements analysis and description of information / data development;
  • DMP and supporting system infrastructure with appropriate guidance and support materials;
  • No business case is required, but they should contribute to the programme objectives of gathering evidence for making the case for data planning.

Strand C planning projects will deliver

  • Requirements analysis and description of data architecture;
  • Adaptation of systems enhancement and adaptation with DCC of the DMP Online tool including guidance and user support, and feedback to DCC.

There will be a further funding call in January 2012 focusing on training and research data publications. The publications call will encourage bids to work in partnership with researchers, educational boards, scholarly societies, data centres and publishers, to encourage use and citation of data.  The research data management training call will seek bids for the development of training programmes for specific disciplines, for support roles (e.g. librarian, research liaison staff), and partnerships with professional bodies.  Key outputs sought include recommendations for future funding.

Simon mentioned several upcoming events which will be relevant for JISC MRD02 project staff.

  • There will be a workshop for RDM planning projects in or around March 2012 with a focus on demonstrating project outputs.
  • The British Library is being funded by the MRD02 programme to run a series of five workshops about DataCite, targeted at JISC MRD02 projects and open to other interested parties.
  • There will also be a workshop for infrastructure projects and fellow travellers in either July or September 2012 – the date for this is to be decided.
  • Finally, there will be the JISCMRD conference in March 2013, which will be a large international event for programme staff and an international audience to share findings, deliver demonstrations and plan future work.

Simon then introduced the importance of evidence gathering in the new programme.  This will be an explicit activity in this iteration of the programme with three part-time members of staff assigned to it.   It is important for the programme to have evidence of the benefits of the interventions provided by the projects and to be able to provide this evidence to the projects’ host institutions and to the wider community.  This will be supported by the programme as much as possible, and efforts by the projects to list and explain the benefits of their work will be helpful towards the writing of their business cases.

Projects will be specifically expected to identify likely benefits from their projects, what evidence they can produce and any possible metrics. This information should be blogged, both for the project’s own reference and in order to share it across the programme and also publicly.  The three evidence gatherers – Laura Molloy, Meik Poschen and Jonathan Tedds – will be identifying themes as they emerge from project blogs, and will be working with the projects to encourage blog posting, engage in tweeting and re-tweeting relevant material to promote project activity, posting their own blog material responding to issues raised by project reporting and generally, in this way, compiling and stimulating an evidence base.  The evidence gatherers will be particularly interested in commonalities across the programme including any themes arising around approaches, discipline focus, technical platforms, identifiers and metadata.

The webpage for the JISC MRD02 programme is located at

This page lists the URLs of project websites.

Simon has tracked the initial commonalities of the projects on the following publicly-available spreadsheet:

and the project blogs are listed on his own blog at

There is an RSS feed of JISC MRD02 project blogs at  This feed was compiled by Jez Cope.  If you are a project on the programme, please do make sure your blog is listed here.

And a Twitter list for tweeters connected to the programme has been set up by Brian Kelly at

Thanks to Jez and Brian for these useful tools!

Laura Molloy


Twitter: @LM_HATII