Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Bartlett in University College London (UCL). Martin’s research and teaching makes extensive use of a wide variety of data sources including government data, business data and textual data.
Our interview with Martin provides a clear example of a researcher are already making extensive use of open data and having a desire to share their own data with broad audiences. The interview also emphasized some of the challenges faced by researchers who want to make their data available as a services like interactive websites or API. A particular challenge is that whilst funders cover some of the costs associated with Research Data Management usually these don’t include funding after projects have finished to maintain ‘live’ data services. Supporting researchers in their efforts to present data in new and innovative ways is an area university support services may want to continue investigating.