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The KRDS Benefits Evaluation Toolkit

2011 July 20
by Monica Duke

The SageCite project has been applying the KRDS Benefits Analysis Toolkit as a method of evaluating the benefits of data citation. We have been collaborating with the JISC-funded KRDS/I2S2 Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools Project providing a case study of the application of the Benefits Framework and helping to feed into the evolution of the tool and its documentation.

Last week we presented at the successful end of project dissemination workshop which provoked lively discussion on implementing the toolkit with funders and other attendees. A report on that workshop has now been published, with a link to the presentation by the SageCite case study.

The toolkit consists of two tools: the KRDS Benefits Framework and the Value-chain and Benefits Impact Tool.

Diagram of the contents of the Toolkit  Tool 1 Benefits Framework and Tool 2 Value chain and Benefits Impact

The two tools in the Benefits Toolkit

The KRDS Benefits Framework which has been tested by SageCite is an “entry-level” tool for identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits from investing resources in the curation of research data. It helps to articulate the benefits and can be customised. The benefits are organised around three dimensions: “what”, “when” and “who” of the value proposition of the activities.


Three dimensions for analysing benefit from data curation

Anatomy of a benefit

Images are Copyright Charles Beagrie Limited 2011 and KRDS/I2S2 Benefits Project Partners 2011.
We will be publishing the benefits analysis carried out by SageCite after some further validation. The updated Benefits Analysis Toolkit has an official release date of 31st July and will be releases on the KRDS/I2S2 project site.

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