better policies for managing research data


ICRI 2014 is a high level international forum where key stakeholders can meet, discuss and contribute to bringing forward global issues related to RI. Co-organised by the EC and the Greek EU Presidency.


The key topic is Advancing excellent science. In preparation for the Horizon 2020 programme, the Community Forum 2014 will focus on the EGI contribution to advance excellent science in the ERA through the use of innovative services for data and computing.


The 9th international digital curation conference will take place at the University of San Francisco. The event will focus on how data is changing the world around us. It will recognise that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, businesses and communities with a range of exciting opportunities and challenges. There will be a number of workshops organised on the Monday 24 and Thursday 27 February.


On Monday 28 October SIM4RDM held a workshop in Rome, Italy. This event was the latest in a series of events aimed at ensuring that the funding and evaluation frameworks developed by the project meet the needs of the various Research Data Management (RDM) stakeholders. The workshop was organised as part of the 2nd EUDAT conference.


This report recently published by the  Knowledge Exchange initiative presents a first landscape study of creating and promoting data metrics.


In January 2013 the SIM4RDM partners organised a workshop in Dublin to showcase the project outputs to date and to get feedback on the emerging SIM4RDM funding and evaluation framework documents. This one day event also allowed project partners an opportunity to explore further opportunities for European and international collaboration. 


DG CNECT who have responsability for supporting the digital agenda within the European Commission have prepared a framework document addressing the area of research data e-Infrastructures entitled 'Research Data e-Infrastructures: Framework for Action in Horizon 2020'. The document outlines 7 areas for action to support 'open digital driven science'. The majority of the proposed actions will be implemented through the H2020 work programmes and funding instruments. 


NORDFORSK is the organisation under the NORDIC council of ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy. On the 5th of February 2013 NORDFORSK organised a 1 day seminar at the Mission of Norway to the EU in Brussels to examine some of the key issues involved in implementing open access to data.


A member of the recently established Research Data Alliance (RDA) council delivered a key note presentation entitled 'Aligning research data policies worldwide' at a workshop that the SIM4RDM partners organised in Dublin on the 31st of January 2013. This workshop showcased and gathered feedback on two of SIM4RDM's outputs; the recently completed multi-stakeholder survey of research data management practices and the emerging evaluation framework for designing, running and evaluating funding programmes to improve research data management skills and support.


The EDUCAUSE Data Management working group this week published a white paper entitled Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service. 

The document provides guidance on developing research data management planning services at higher education institutions. The guidance is based on a broad sampling of trends in these services at institutions in both the U.S. and internationally.

It addresses three key areas including the following :