Deputy Chief Innovation Officer
In the United Kingdom (UK) there are funder mandates for universities to take full responsibility for their research data. The EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) has been the key driver. It has turned research data management around on its head. It is no longer the principal investigator’s responsibility but it is the university’s responsibility. At Jisc we are attempting to help universities manage that change in various ways. One is the establishment of a shared research data management service that can help to meet the core requirements using core systems. This session will set out the UK context in terms of research data management and introduce the shared solutions that Jisc are putting in place. This is a development initiative and is operating at a scale that is challenging for us. We are developing some national infrastructure services, such as a national research data discovery service, but also the key systems that allow the publishing and preservation of research data in universities. In the discussion portion of the session, participants will be invited to share their strategies for research data management.