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 :
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a recently established organisation which aims to faciliate research data sharing and exchange. It will undertake it's work through a number of working groups.
The alliance was formed in August 2012 with the establishment of an international steering group by funding agencies in the US, EU and Australia. The steering group undertook to develop the alliance's charter and organisation structures and will present a proposal to the first RDA Plenary meeting which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from the 18-20 March.
On the 22nd of October 2012 the e-InfraNet project and the Knowledge Exchange Initiative will organise a workshop on access to and preservation of scientific information, the subject of the recommendation that the European Commission issued this summer. The workshop will take place in Barcelona, Spain and is being organised to coincide with the first EUDAT conference.
This communication, issued on the 17th of July 2012, sets out the actions that the European Commission intends to take to improve access to scientific information and to boost the benefits of public investment in research. It also explains how open access policies will be implemented under ‘Horizon 2020’, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020). The Communication is accompanied by a Recommendation to the Member States, calling for improved policies and practices on access and preservation in the Member States.
The EUDAT project aims to address the challenges of data management and to ensure a coherent approach to research data access and preservation across the European e-Infrastructure ecosystem that is currently taking shape. The first EUDAT conference will take place from the 22-24 of October in Barcelona. The event will bring together data infrastructure providers and practitioners from across the globe to discuss current data infrastructure, challenges and solutions, with a focus on interoperability, cross-disciplinarity and cross-border collaboration.