Abstract – Research Data Management and the brave new world

Paul Ayris

Paul Ayris

Dr Paul Ayris

Library Services, University College London, UK


Title: Research Data Management and the brave new world

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the growing importance of research data and research data management (RDM) in the research lifecycle. The LERU Roadmap for Research Data looked at how all stakeholders in the research landscape have a role to play to deliver this new agenda. Building on this. the EU-funded LEARN project is designed to encourage all stakeholders – researchers, research funders, research organisations and senior decision makers – to explore what their roles and responsibilities are in this fast-changing environment. LEARN will engage with stakeholders and produce model policies and toolkits which will support them as they embrace the challenges that RDM brings. A particular emphasis will be on Best Practice Case Studies, so that existing good practice can be collected and shared.

The paper will then look at the potential impact which LEARN can have against the backdrop of the Open Science, or Science 2.0, agenda. Open Access to publications, research data which is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable), alternative metrics for evaluating research outputs (including metrics for data), the need for career recognition for good RDM practice, and the importance of continuing professional development are all part of the Open Science agenda and all impinge of RDM practice. Not all data can be open, but the LEARN project will identify how stakeholders can engage in the Open Science debate. The paper will conclude by looking at the potential role of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) going forward.


Dr Paul Ayris (p.ayris@ucl.ac.uk)