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More with Less: Collaborative Trends in Research Data Management

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Martin Donnelly
University of Edinburgh

A range of factors contributes to the recent growth in collaborative activities across the data management landscape. This Pecha Kucha presentation outlines the drivers behind new collaborations in research data management, in the UK and beyond, the ways in which these new collaborations currently manifest themselves, viz. - The 'crowdsourcing' of feedback on the Digital Curation Centre's (DCC's) comprehensive Data Management Planning (DMP) checklist; - Collaboration between the DCC and UKDA on generic data management guidance for researchers, support staff and bid reviewers; - Joint training programmes pitched at various levels; - The development of subject-specific guidance within JISC's Managing Research Data (MRD) programme, and repurposing of existing DCC materials; - International cooperation between the DCC and US colleagues in mapping the generic DMP Checklist to the various National Science Foundation directorates' data-related requirements. The presentation concludes with an overview of future initiatives, including an open registry of data management plans, intended to prevent reinvention of the wheel and to offer exemplar best practices (without reducing the exercise to a boilerplate/tickbox level), online tutorials, the development of componentised, interoperable data management tools, and the repositioning of data management as a shared service, hosted and offered via the cloud.

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