I was pleased to be invited to take part in a workshop working towards a report for a Research Data Alliance interest group on a potential Journal Research Data Policy Registry. We worked through some practical exercises, discussed the issues involved in navigating the landscape, and also steps which might be possible towards a coherent set of policies between publishers, funders and institutions. David Kernohan facilitated the event and he’s blogged about it here.
It’s always good to see how other institutions are approaching our common challenges. The first University Alliance Open Data Forum was a great opportunity to compare ourselves with people at similar stages in their development of Research Data Management systems. While Lincoln has been trying to build engagement through data management planning and advocacy, the alternative “build it and they will come”, infrastructure-led strategy seems to be also popular. The two camps had a lively discussion.
Lincoln was involved in the Kultivate and Kultur projects, shaping infrastructure and polices for Arts repositories, metadata and research data. The strand is being revived by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), who ran a workshop “Does my data look good in this? Exploring research data management in the creative arts”. There was lively discussion about what actually constituted arts research data, including a range of opinions about selection of both data and outputs for preservation and dissemination. Some interesting examples of good practice were shared. The materials are available as a ‘virtual goody bag‘.