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

Publication of final report and outputs

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The UWE MRD project is very pleased to publish our final outputs from the project (

The final outputs include the draft institutional policy principles, the online guidance, the final report and the executive summary.

Over the next few months, the project will continue to build on the pilot and to take the project recommendations forward for progress across the university.

New UWE guidance for researchers

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The new UWE RDM guidance for researchers was demonstrated at the JISC closing workshop and is now available at 
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Jisc Managing Research Data Programme Workshop: Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations presentation and poster

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The UWE poster and presentation from session 4B: RDM Policies, Strategies and Roadmap are now available on the project website at

Reskilling for Research Data Management: presentations now available

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We are pleased to announce the presentations from the workshop Reskilling for Research Data Management are now available on the UWE JISC MRD project website in the conference programme

Thank you to the presenters and attendees for their contributions to the event which made the day so thought provoking and interesting. We hope it will continue to inform your thinking and plans.

Interim outputs from work package 3: developing a service now available

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The UWE MRD project releases interim outputs from work package three (Test Cycles) which describe the development of a RDM service at UWE.

Two administrative process flowcharts, pre and post approval, and supporting information outline a process workflow for managing UWE research data during the lifecycle of a research project.

A report 'Metadata and EPrints customisation for the UWE data repository' explains the rationale which guided the development of metadata for the UWE data repository.

Reskilling for Research Data Management : a workshop for academic librarians

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The UWE JISC funded project in the MRD2 Programme is holding a day event : Reskilling for RDM : a workshop for Academic Librarians.

A key element of the UWE project is to share our experience and deliverables with the wider HE communities, with a particular focus on the Library community. The UWE project will look at how Librarians can work alongside researchers to develop their skills and knowledge. We have invited projects from the JISC MRD Train to share their tools that enable skills development for librarians.
This event will be of value to Librarians who liaise with researchers as well as those who support research output repositories, and those who provide the infrastructure of the scholarly communication processes through collections and e-resources management.

The event is free of charge to all attendees. Situated close to rail and motorway links, the University of the West of England is accessible from all parts of the UK.

Full details about the day are available here as is a booking form

Making the most of benefits evidence and metrics

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Having now reflected in depth on the JISC Benefits and Evidence workshop on 29/30 November, I have a number of learning points to share.


Key general impacts of the workshop for me were to:
·         Consolidate the distinction between output and benefit.
·         Influence my thinking around final report structure and capture of information from objectives to outputs (and the processes between) to outcomes, tangible benefits (evidence metrics), and opportunities around adding value to the project (business case) to identify next objectives and outputs to realise more benefits.
·         Influence policy shaping. I now propose to segment the layer beyond institutional directive ‘principles’ to component responsibilities within UWE (Library, RBI, IT) with a view to translating this to a business RDM programme in the mid-term. This is beyond project scope but within project frame of influence through the Steering Group and final report. This will be the focus of the work post-project.
·         Prompt future use of admin workflow to cost distinct future / additional activities required to be good at RDM at UWE, owners of these, resource, priorities, etc. + the need to re-engineer workflow to create time savings to make new (additional) required tasks as smooth as possible.


We have done a lot of work on benefits here at UWE, summarised in our benefits matrix which considers risks, benefits, stakeholders and distinct elements of the research process at UWE. This has played a key part in enabling the clarity of benefits and evidence achieved prior to the workshop. However, I found peer project presentations at the workshop added enormously to my own assimilation of approaches. In particular Bill Worthington’s assessment of three possible approaches to benefits and evidence gathering and Stephen Gray’s tri-level service standard approach to the business case helped cement my own understanding of UWE’s needs.


It’s fair to say that the audience for the benefit metrics and business case is not the same. While the final report benefits metrics serve to measure progress and impact in JISC programme terms, the business case needs to persuade senior management of the benefits of RDM support services. The end of the JISC programme journey should be just the start of the university journey. So it’s crucial to focus on the actual UWE demand for RDM, internal readiness and a spirit of “now we need to” rather than “job done”.


In addition, the role of peer progress should not be underestimated. While it’s clear there is no one-size fits all RDM approach, there are clear drivers that define a typical pathway, starting with:
1)    An open data environment leading to
2)    (Changes to) funder requirements (especially EPSRC and RCUK) leading to
3)    Awareness of implications of these
4)    University identified need for RDM policy to ensure compliance leading to
5)    Eligibility for future funding leading to
6)    Continued bid submission.


This requires strategic vision and buy-in to something of a basic model for RDM. In January we will review the original project business case for the project to challenge and support UWE thinking about its own RDM drivers. After all, points 2 to end are cyclical and are likely only to be interrupted by a change in 1. This is unlikely given current user momentum.


A stronger model is to complement compliance with:
7)    Better / good RDM practice leading to
8)    Some risk management leading to
9)    Bid success.


This needs a shift in RDM activities from the periphery to core researcher activity. This would be implemented by university awareness of the need to inform and train UWE researchers.


Stronger still is to complement better RDM practice with:
10) Best practice RDM leading to
11) Substantive risk mitigation (including data loss) leading to
12) Increased bid success leading to
13) More findable / citable research leading to
14) Increased global visibility of data assets leading to
15) Increased level of research awareness leading to
16) New opportunities leading to
17) Enhanced reputation.


This requires support (funding) to central services to facilitate, develop and support good researcher practice.


Now, how to relay this in the right documents...

JISC benefits and evidence workshop 29th - 30th November 2012

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The UWE session one presentation is now available on the project website

Re-skilling for research data management: a workshop for academic librarians.

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 UWE Bristol, Tuesday 29th January 2013

The role of Librarians and other information professionals in the processes of managing research data have been highlighted in the recent RLUK report Reskilling for Research (RLUK, 2012), and by current JISC funded projects to develop tools and resources to enable the development of skills and knowledge among librarians.

The University of the West of England's JISC funded Research Data Management project is planning a workshop on Tuesday 29th January 2013, for information professionals to explore and discuss ways forward for their Libraries / Information Services and their institutions.

Librarians and others from HEIs which are research active but with a main focus on learning, teaching and business engagement will find this workshop particularly useful. The day will be highly participative and draw on the skills and resources being developed by several major projects.

The focus of the morning will be on identifying perceived gaps in skills and knowledge in participants' institutions in relation to RDM. There will be presentations from Laura Molloy (Digital Curation Centre) and the UWE project team. Participants will then have the opportunity to share and discuss their own situations: how librarians contribute to Research Data Management, their strengths, the gaps, who else in the institution is / should be involved in RDM.

The afternoon will focus on filling the gaps and developing RDM expertise. There will presentations by two further JISC funded projects: the RDM Rose project from Sheffield, and TRaD from UEL on tools for developing librarians' skills.

The afternoon activity will be to:
  • consider who in your organisation would be best placed to develop roles and responsibilities.
  • how participants could make use of the available tools and resources
  • how to persuade management (within the library or the wider institution) that developing librarians' skills in these areas is necessary / worthwhile, and will reward investment.
Requests for further information, and expressions of interest, are invited at

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JISC and DCC workshop presentation and poster

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JISC and DCC IE workshop: Components of Institutional Research Data Services  (Nottingham 24th to 25th October 2012)

UWE session 2B presentation Data Repositories and storage presentation 

and UWE poster