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Directions for Research Data Management in UK 
Universities 
Day 1 Summary 
Business case and Sustainability 
& 
Incentive...
Business Case & Sustainability 
In terms of the case you would make for your 
organization. 
1. What is the evidence of ne...
Business Case and Sustainability 
5. Staffing costs. How many people do you need? 
Dedicated staff or part of wider staff ...
Business Case and Sustainability 
“Connect business case to the university 
strategy to strengthen it.” 
“Hard and soft mo...
Incentives 
1. Reward Structures: still elitist and focused on high 
impact journal publications. Can we provide other 
av...
Incentives 
5. Researcher RDM Champions: find, befriend, 
collaborate with. An RDM Champion is worth a thousand 
Research ...
Incentives 
9. HEFCE, REF and the status of research data. Bring 
into scope as soon as possible. 
Still a matter of stick...
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Mike Mertens Directions for RDM day one summary

  1. 1. Directions for Research Data Management in UK Universities Day 1 Summary Business case and Sustainability & Incentives
  2. 2. Business Case & Sustainability In terms of the case you would make for your organization. 1. What is the evidence of need? Where has your institution failed to get a grant because of a poor RDM plan? 2. Articulate the risk of not doing RDM? – eg data loss. “our peer universities are ahead of us!” 3. Thinking about total resource – raw data and software… 4. Scalability of the service – looking ahead, what is the likely volume of data. Elasticity, cloud services, pace of development required
  3. 3. Business Case and Sustainability 5. Staffing costs. How many people do you need? Dedicated staff or part of wider staff remit. This relates to institutional culture, there is no single ideal model 6. Cost of storage (and software) 7. disciplinary challenges – plan needs to account of different things for difference disciplines (eg embargoes) 8. Advocacy costs – how do you get a service used after you have it 9. Preservation – of raw and contextual data, software, environment etc. What are the plans for review after preservation?
  4. 4. Business Case and Sustainability “Connect business case to the university strategy to strengthen it.” “Hard and soft money, revenue and capital.”
  5. 5. Incentives 1. Reward Structures: still elitist and focused on high impact journal publications. Can we provide other avenues for academic reward? 2. Compliance - have we exhausted the full range of measures to monitor and enforce compliance? 3. Possibility of academics also obtaining measurable kudos by publishing data – more data journals, citation, altmetrics then push into REF; publishers more consistent regarding data deposit. 4. Make it easy! Tighter systems integration. Single place for data deposit; support systems to farm out data.
  6. 6. Incentives 5. Researcher RDM Champions: find, befriend, collaborate with. An RDM Champion is worth a thousand Research Support Staff words. 6. Quantify both amount of funding actually available that requires researchers to re-use data, and also what re-use *doesn’t* cost, in terms out outlay, start-up, fitting out research proposals. 7. Build into selection of academic staff and Post-docs – “open” is inscribed in job descriptions etc. 8. Our relationship with academic colleagues. Sometimes difficult to get that influence – what incentives are there for academics to speak to us? Especially future cohorts.
  7. 7. Incentives 9. HEFCE, REF and the status of research data. Bring into scope as soon as possible. Still a matter of sticks and carrots: but ‘stick-y carrots’ or ‘carroty sticks’?

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