Managing Research Data: a pilot study in Health and Life Sciences

A big thank you for making Raising Your ReDMan such a success!

Posted by Stella Fowler | 1 comment

Thank you so much to all of you who contributed to making UWE's MRD event yesterday so interesting and enjoyable. The speakers and attendees all helped to make the day inspiring and enormously useful. Thank you also to Liz here at UWE for her excellent organisation and execution of the day.

We are pleased that the event successfully highlighted key RDM approaches and issues and gave you opportunities to discuss RDM ideas, problems and achievements. 

I drew a number of summary points from the day:

  • The problem is getting bigger
  • Data curation means different things to different institutions (and services therein)
  • There is no one-size fits all approach
  • There are many useful reports, tools and products out there for efficient and effective re-use
  • Engagement within your institution is key
  • It's easy to get sidetracked on problems that are not yours
  • Sustainability is everyone's problem
  • Working with big / research intensive institutions can be intimidating.

So don't be intimidated, be inspired!

If you attended, please do complete the evaluation you have been sent. In addition, we would be interested in any comments you have on practical actions you have taken away as a result of your attendance. Be nice to have some comments to a blog post...

Last few places available at UWE dissemination event 23rd May

Posted by Liz Holliday | 1 comment
We're working very hard on our dissemination event; the number of bookings has been rising and we're nearly at our maximum. If you are thinking of attending you need to book soon. Programme and registration:

Raising your ReDMan: Approaches to Research Data Management
UWE Bristol on Wednesday 23rd May.

UWE Maturity modelling: the next steps

Posted by Stella Fowler | 0 Comments

I just wanted to post an update on UWE's maturity modelling work, which we have now benchmarked and summarised on the outputs section of the project website. Specifically, commentary supporting the work is available at Digital Curation Centre (DCC) tools and at Maturity Benchmark and Target Operating Model. The full UWE case-study can be downloaded as a PDF.

We have also produced a Position Statement (not publically available) which has been adopted by the project Steering Group as a way to secure high-level, strategic commitment to a long term RDM strategy here at UWE. The position statement will lead into a more aspirational set of measures to form the basis of an HEI policy / statement of commitment. We are currently planning on applying a layered approach along the lines of the Assessment Reform Group’s 2002 model. In a similar vein to how we’ve approached the DCC work, this incorporates and builds on the Principles approach successfully applied elsewhere in the MRD community in a way which I am confident will work for UWE.

Programme and registration now available for UWE Bristol Managing Research Data event Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Posted by Stella Fowler | 0 Comments
Raising your ReDMan: Approaches to Research Data Management University of the West of England, Bristol
Wednesday 23 May 2012, 11:00 - 16:00
(registration from 10:15)

As part of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme (2011-13), UWE is engaging with HE colleagues in the early phases of developing strategies for managing of research data.

Supported by the University of Lincoln, Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland, we will share our early MRD experiences and explore a variety of approaches being employed across the sector to build the services and infrastructure to support researchers in managing their digital data and to enable future preservation and access.

This free event is hosted by Paul Gough, UWE Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic event, and supported by presentations from JISC and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC).

The day – 11.00 to 16.00 – focuses on: 
  • the differing approaches to research data management development chosen by institutions
  • integrating research data management within the culture and structure of an institution approaches to institutional and stakeholder engagements
  • how these methods might be used, or adapted, by similar institutions
The programme and full details are now available at and on-line registration is now open. Places for the event are limited.

For queries please contact or ring 0117 3282404.