The University has been awarded funding by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) to support and develop Research Data Management across the institution. JISC supports and champions the use of digital technology in UK education and research.
Research360@Bath is a project to develop policies, infrastructure and training resources to help researchers at the University of Bath to get the most out of their research data, realise the benefits of good data management practice and comply with funder requirements.
In addition it is now common for research data to be shared for collaborative projects or more openly, but to work well this must be planned for by researchers and supported by their institutions.
Now funding bodies are beginning to require formal evidence of this type of data management and planning as a condition of funding; see for example the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy.
The University's Research Data Management Steering Group, headed by Professor Matthew Davidson, has already made good progress in this area.
Professor Davidson said "Thanks to this funding from JISC we will be able to develop this work much further than would otherwise have been possible, to better help the university's researchers address the complex issue of research data management."
The project team draws on expertise from across the university, including representatives from the Vice-Chancellor's Office, RDSO, the Library, BUCS, UKOLN, DCC and the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (Chemistry/Chem eng).
For more information and regular updates, see the Research360 project blog.