Research data is the new currency of the digital age. From sonnets to statistics, and genes to geodata, the amount of material being created and stored is growing exponentially.
For research performing organisations, this deluge of data presents many challenges in areas such as policy and skills development, training, costs and governance. To help address these issues, today LEARN is publishing the final draft of its Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management.
The Toolkit expands on the issues outlined in the LERU Roadmap for Research Data (2013). It is nearly 200 pages long, and includes:
- 23 Best-Practice Case Studies from institutions around the world, drawn from issues in the original LERU Roadmap;
- 8 Main Sections, on topics such as Policy and Leadership, Open Data, Advocacy and Costs;
- One Model RDM Policy, produced by the University of Vienna and accompanied by guidance and an overview of 20 RDM policies across Europe;
- An Executive Briefing in six languages, aimed at senior institutional decision makers.
Freely available to download, this RDM Toolkit is an invaluable resource for anyone helping their institution to better manage research data. If you would like a printed copy of the Toolkit, join us at our Final Conference on 5 May in London. All delegates will receive a copy, in addition to learning more about key research data issues from our speakers and workshops.
As the Toolkit is a deliverable for the European Commission (EC), it may be slightly revised following comments from the EC. We will publish any updated versions on the LEARN website. If you have comments on the Toolkit we’d love to hear them. Please contact us with your feedback.