Data management planning and practices for Research Centres and Programmes 4 May 2011Royal Statistical Society, London

This seminar will bring together researchers, directors and support staff from ESRC-funded Research Centres and Programmes with funding councils and data services.

Research Centres and Programmes need to plan and implement effective data management and sharing. The aim of the seminar is to share knowledge and good practice and to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders.

The ESRC, through its Research Data Policy, is committed to sharing and re-use of research data resulting from all research it funds. The 2010 policy introduces the concept of data management and sharing plans. Data management enables high quality data to be created and sustained, therefore enabling re-usability of data for secondary research.

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Research Centres and Programmes represent large investments for funding councils, generating and working with a wide variety of data types in cross-institutional collaborations.

During 2010, the UK Data Archive, in co-ordination with ESRC and JISC, conducted the Data Management Planning for ESRC Research Data-rich Investments (DMP-ESRC) project that entailed working with selected ESRC-funded research hubs to evaluate existing data management practices, help develop data management planning strategies and increase individual and institutional data management and sharing capacity. Emphasis was placed on challenging and sensitive aspects of data management and sharing.

At this seminar, researchers, research managers and support staff will share their positive and negative experiences of data management, focusing on approaches and tools used, what works and what does not, and highlighting roles and responsibilities of various players as well as key challenges. How can central research co-ordination address data management and sharing? What role do directors, researchers and support staff take on, and what support do research hubs need from funders, institutions and data services to implement effective data management and sharing?

The UK Data Archive will outline findings, tools and recommendations from the DMP-ESRC project and other data management support experiences.

There is no cost for this event but places are limited so booking is essential. Priority may be given to researchers and staff of current ESRC Research Centres and Programmes, or those wishing to apply for new large-scale grants.

A £20 fee will be payable for non-attendance, where notice has not been given by 26 April 2011, noon.