Research Data Network

Research Data Network

Welcome to the Research Data Network. Jisc set up this site for you to exchange information on research data management and related topics within the UK research information management sector.

We have now produced a research data management toolkit

Go there to have your questions about RDM answered and leave us some feedback if you think part of the kit needs updating, or additional resources. You can find hot topics, links from the research data lifecycle and even access your local RDM pages from our toolkit:

We still want to collect a body of useful resources, help people share up to minute developments, practices and develop new ideas, but the toolkit will be the place to do that. This network site will be closed by end 2018. Most of the material has already been migrated into the toolkit, but our working group will review what's here before closure.

Also, if you are interested, you could get involved with our working group, just get in touch using the free text in the comment form:

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High Level Business Case

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There are currently very few published business cases, or detailed information about the costs involved when undertaking Research Data Management (RDM). However, there are funder mandates and in general research data management is seen as essential to research integrity.

Without a clear, evidence based business case organisations can find it difficult to establish funding commitments for RDM services. Even where services do exist, the lack of robust costing models and comparisons frustrates attempts to measure and realise efficiency savings to reduce costs. In addition, more systematic research data management throughout the research lifecycle is relatively new and there are undoubtedly new practices and costs in transitioning to a situation where research data management is business as usual.

Whilst there is some movement towards standard practices (such as the use of data management plans) there is little cost standardisation. Where tools and techniques exist to help measure and compare processes, they're not optimised for research data management. Of course business cases are not all about costs, much of the business case should be about value and benefits. However, articulating value is challenging when research is changing and the rewards and recognitions for accessible and re-useable research data are not currently well established in research practice.

As a contribution to the development of business cases we’ve commissioned Research Consulting to produce a high level business case for research data management underpinned by economic evidence where possible. The purpose of this is to provide practitioners with information to use to help make the case and also to bring together some of the arguments that will provide policy makers, funders and those in decision making roles in institutional management with useful examples when making the case for better research data management.

Downloadable High level business case

Research Data Management: High Level Business Case

Overview of the highlevel business case for research data managemet with embeded links to supporting cases studies and videos from thought leaders.

Please note that this Word document is macro enabled to allow the links to operate correctly.

Please note also that the linked videos are currently hosted on a sharepoint server which requires a Microsoft login. Until they are placed on their new host you will need a Microsoft account to view them.

This article shows you how to get a free Microsoft account if you haven't already got one.

Further formats with links to easily accessible video content will be published as soon as possible.

Updated 11 months ago

High Level Business Case

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