Archive for March, 2011

Data Infrastructure Challenges, I2S2 Project Workshop, 5th May 2011, Leicester

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Data Infrastructure Challenges: working across scale, disciplinary and institutional boundaries, 5th May 2011, University of Leicester

The Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2) Project is pleased to announce a half-day workshop which will explore research data management challenges in a range of contexts. It will examine data integration and interoperability across different degrees of scale (from local laboratory to national data service to large scale facility such as Diamond and ISIS), data flows between disciplines and data exchange across and within institutional boundaries. There will be a particular focus on demonstrating the cost-benefits of effective data management and the relevance of different roles within organisations. There will be a programme of expert speakers who will share the experiences and outcomes from a range of pioneering
JISC-funded projects, followed by Panel discussion.

The full Programme and registration details can be found at:

This workshop is to be co-located with the 6th Research Data Management Forum.

Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools

Monday, March 21st, 2011

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project focussing on development of a digital preservation benefits analysis toolset.

The “Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools” project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and will run from 1st February to 31 July 2011.

The project  aims to test, review and promote combined use of the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) Benefits Taxonomy and the Value Chain and Impact Analysis tool first applied in the I2S2 project  for assessing the benefits and impact of digital preservation of research data. We will extend their utility to and adoption within the JISC community by providing user review and guidance for the tools and creating an integrated toolset. The project consortium consists of a mix of user institutions, projects, and disciplinary data services committed to the testing and exploitation of these tools and the lead partners in their original creation. We will demonstrate and critique the tools, and then create and disseminate the toolset and accompanying materials such as User Guides and Factsheets to the wider community.

A project website is at and the project plan and project outputs will be available from the website in due course. A dissemination event to mark the conclusion of the project will be held in central London on 12 July 2011 (further details and registration will be announced in May).

The project partners are UKOLN and the Digital Curation Centre at the University of Bath, the Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education (CHIME) at University College London , the UK Data Archive (University of Essex), the Archaeology Data Service (University of York),  OCLC Research, and  Charles Beagrie Limited.

The Benefits of Research Data Management – JISC Conference 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I2S2 was one of the projects from the JISC Managing Research Data Programme involved in a Parallel Session at the annual JISC Conference last week.

The session, The benefits of more effective research data management in UK Universities, aimed to highlight the positive effects of improvements in research data management solutions as promoted by three of the projects in the MRD Programme.  The “benefits case studies” developed by the MRD projects will be synthesised in a report by Neil Beagrie due for release in May.

Presentations from the parallel session are available online at:

They are best perused in the following order:

Simon Hodson, JISCMRD, Introduction
Neil Beagrie, Cost-Benefits and Business Cases Support Role
Manjula Patel and Neil Beagrie, I2S2 Project, UKOLN, University of Bath
June Finch, MaDAM Project, University of Manchester
Jonathan Tedds, HALOGEN Project, University of Leicester