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Research Data Management at The 
University of Manchester 
Lorraine Beard 
Head of Digital Technologies and Services
RDM Service 
December 
2013 
UoM RDM 
Policy 
RDM Service 
Launched 
MiSS 
2011‐13 
Jisc funded 
MaDAM 
into 
Sustainable ...
RDM Policy 
“For each Relevant Project, the University of 
Manchester participants should nominate, in advance, a 
princip...
RDM Governance: 
Steering Group 
Operations 
Group 
Technical 
Advisory Group 
User Group 
IT 
Services 
Library 
Research...
RDM Service Staff 
Research Services 
Manager 
1 X RS 
Librarian 
1 x RDM Support 
Analyst 12XFTE RS Team 
(OA, Repository...
(Library) RDM Technical Staff 
0.5 RDM Manager 
1 X 
Developer
DMP Tool (outline) 
Quick and easy to 
Complete 
Run on 
SharePoint 
Helps with 
information 
gathering and 
reporting
Reference number – required to 
complete Research Proposal 
Process
Support 
RDM Web 
Pages
Support 
University of Manchester Library YouTube Channel
“Thanks so much for this 
detailed and tailor made input 
which has been a great 
blessing. I would have 
struggled with t...
RDM Data Storage 
Challenges? 
• Research Data Storage – 20TB quota per 
user/project 
• Storage options that provide acce...
Planned Technical Development 1 
Challenges? 
• Tools/guidance for generating metadata 
at earliest stages of data lifecyc...
Planned Technical Development 2 
Challenges? 
• Publishing – migrating existing service 
onto forthcoming CRIS 
• Identify...
Service/Support Challenges 1 
Challenges? 
• Coordinating relevant expertise across 
campus 
• Supporting collaborative pr...
Service/Support Challenges 2 
Challenges? 
• Staff Training & Development 
• Changing Landscape – funder 
developments 
• ...
Technical Development Challenges 1 
Challenges? 
• Understanding the range and scale of 
datasets generated by researchers...
Technical Development Challenges 2 
Challenges? 
• Many researchers have already found their 
own solutions 
• Potential o...
Any 
questions?
Thank You 
www.manchester.ac.uk/researchdata 
Lorraine Beard 
Head of Digital Technologies and Services
Lorraine Beard RDM at the University of Manchester
Lorraine Beard RDM at the University of Manchester
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  1. 1. Research Data Management at The University of Manchester Lorraine Beard Head of Digital Technologies and Services
  2. 2. RDM Service December 2013 UoM RDM Policy RDM Service Launched MiSS 2011‐13 Jisc funded MaDAM into Sustainable Service MaDAM 2009 – 2010 Jisc Funded UoM Library IT Services Manchester eResearch Centre (MeRC)
  3. 3. RDM Policy “For each Relevant Project, the University of Manchester participants should nominate, in advance, a principal investigator (Principal Investigator) for the University, who will take responsibility for ensuring good research data management practice.” Manchester RDM Policy
  4. 4. RDM Governance: Steering Group Operations Group Technical Advisory Group User Group IT Services Library Researchers Research Support Office
  5. 5. RDM Service Staff Research Services Manager 1 X RS Librarian 1 x RDM Support Analyst 12XFTE RS Team (OA, Repository, Business Data, Citation Analysis)
  6. 6. (Library) RDM Technical Staff 0.5 RDM Manager 1 X Developer
  7. 7. DMP Tool (outline) Quick and easy to Complete Run on SharePoint Helps with information gathering and reporting
  8. 8. Reference number – required to complete Research Proposal Process
  9. 9. Support RDM Web Pages
  10. 10. Support University of Manchester Library YouTube Channel
  11. 11. “Thanks so much for this detailed and tailor made input which has been a great blessing. I would have struggled with this one” “Thanks much for this prompt and thorough feedback” [on a Data Management Plan]
  12. 12. RDM Data Storage Challenges? • Research Data Storage – 20TB quota per user/project • Storage options that provide access for computational processing e.g. HPC • IT projects currently evaluating solutions for archiving and preservation
  13. 13. Planned Technical Development 1 Challenges? • Tools/guidance for generating metadata at earliest stages of data lifecycle • Tools to enable data sharing with external partners • Data Catalogue – curation of research data
  14. 14. Planned Technical Development 2 Challenges? • Publishing – migrating existing service onto forthcoming CRIS • Identify which metadata formats need to be supported at publishing stage • Developing DataCite DOI support framework
  15. 15. Service/Support Challenges 1 Challenges? • Coordinating relevant expertise across campus • Supporting collaborative projects – sharing and publishing
  16. 16. Service/Support Challenges 2 Challenges? • Staff Training & Development • Changing Landscape – funder developments • Future‐proofing and scaling the service
  17. 17. Technical Development Challenges 1 Challenges? • Understanding the range and scale of datasets generated by researchers • Finding a generic solution for the management of files and metadata • Desire to utilise existing data storage facilities
  18. 18. Technical Development Challenges 2 Challenges? • Many researchers have already found their own solutions • Potential overlap with other IT projects taking place • Capturing details about usage of external repositories
  19. 19. Any questions?
  20. 20. Thank You www.manchester.ac.uk/researchdata Lorraine Beard Head of Digital Technologies and Services

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