Research Data

We are exploring how best to promote openness and reuse of data on a European level, and working on practical solutions.

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Our research data expert group is working to create better conditions for open research data & striving to inform other stakeholders such as the EC

Many of the challenges involved in data sharing are common to all the Knowledge Exchange nations as well as to other European countries.

Our research data expert group is working to create better conditions for open research data and striving to inform other stakeholders such as the European Commission (EC). Our latest work includes:

Metrics report

A first landscape study of data metrics and of the use of datasets in science to stimulate data sharing. 

This report should be of interest to all with an interest is research data, including individual scientists, funders, research institutions, universities and data centres. It provides information about tools to promote and reward data sharing and data publication within their scientific communities.

Sowing the seed incentives for data sharing

We have explored incentives that researchers themselves identify as encouraging data sharing in their own projects, aside from any official incentives that might be in place. All the researchers and research groups we interviewed have been sharing their data for various reasons and in some academic disciplines very influential community norms have developed that make data sharing standard practice. Our report includes recommendations for funders, research communities and policy makers, and provides valuable insight into data sharing.

Funding research data infrastructure

As data volumes grow and the demand for open data gets stronger, it is more and more obvious that the research community needs robust infrastructures. We have worked with Science Europe to commission a landscape study of the views of funders, infrastructure providers and research organisations about how funding should be organised. The study reveals the funding models that are already in place and highlights gaps and challenges. This work continues.

Training and skills for research data management (RDM)

We developed a workshop to ask some key questions about how training in RDM-related issues is being managed by institutions and stakeholder organisations. We are seeking to uncover best practice examples and examine whether significant differences in approach are evident in the five countries represented in KE. We will produce four outputs:

  1. a report on the status quo in Finland, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK
  2. a list of available training materials across the five partner countries
  3. the identification of common training needs
  4. key recommendations

Lead

Masha Garibyan

Masha Garibyan

Co-lead

Matthias Katerbow

Matthias Katerbow

Studies, Workshops and Events

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Training for RDM: Comparative...

A study to compare approaches to RDM training within the five partner countries.

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Funding RDM & related...

A study by Science Europe & Knowledge Exchange to explore how RDM/RDI are, or can be, funded.

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Incentives and Motivations for...

A study providing recommendations for policy & practice development on how best to incentivise...

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The Value of Research Data

A study on creating & promoting data metrics & assessment of the use of datasets as a tool to...

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Making data count: Research Data...

A study to explore possibilities to integrate publication of data into research assessment...

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Price of Keeping Knowledge workshop

A workshop with Experts to discuss pricing models for digital preservation, as part of the IDCC...

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RDM: Activities & Challenges...

A workshop to highlight current activities and challenges around research data management

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A Surfboard for Riding the Wave

A study to present an overview of the situation regarding research data in the KE partner...

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Legal Status of Research Data

A study exploring the legal status of research data within the KE partner countries

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Costs and Benefits of Keeping...

A study by KE & the Nordbib programme exploring cost models for the preservation and management...

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Main Drivers for Successful...

A workshop to discuss the main drivers for successful re-use of research data.

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The Research Data Expert Group


The Research Data Expert Group consists of representatives from both KE partner organisations and strategic stakeholders from the scientific infrastructure communities (e.g. data archives and libraries).

The expert group is working on the following issues:

  • Establishing a clearer idea of where strategy and policy might align among partner communities. Make a network available to exchange expert advice and opinion on issues of policy and strategy and establish dialogue and relationships with various stakeholders
  • Establishing a network of peers, informed and aware of policy implications and strategic developments of the partner organisations addressing the challenges of managing research data
  • Informing the EU Commission of the Knowledge Exchange partners' views on preferred infrastructural developments and supporting the open data movement.

Participants

A collaboration between

  • csc-it center for science
  • deff
  • dfg
  • jisc
  • surf