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Realising the potential – The final report of the Open Research Data Task Force

Guest post by Michael Jubb, 04/02/2019 Michael Jubb has nearly 30 years’ experience in scholarly communications, strategic planning and research management. He was Director of the Research Information Network (RIN) for eleven years, focusing on the changing needs and behaviours of key players in the scholarly communications landscape, and now leads Jubb Consulting. He has been responsible since 2005 for over 30 …

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Getting ready for open research

By Andrea Chiarelli, 29/06/2018 On Tuesday 26th June, I attended the Inside Government event Moving Towards Full Open Access in Higher Education in London. The event dealt with open access and its challenges but also, more broadly, with open research. Thanks to a pool of high-profile speakers, we were presented with a series of significant observations – in this post, …

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Open Science in the cradle of democracy

By Andrea Chiarelli, 11 Sep 2017 From September 6th to 8th, Rob Johnson and I attended the Open Science Fair in Athens. Held in the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano, this was the first event of its kind, and drew over 250 delegates from all over the world. An initiative of 4 EU projects (OpenAIRE, OpenUP, …

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Communicating the impact of RDM through case studies

By Andrea Chiarelli, 28 Jun 2017 On Wednesday, June 28th, we are attending Jisc’s Research data network event in York to talk about the impact arising from Research Data Management (RDM). The 45 case studies on which our presentation is based are now available on Zenodo as a pdf document, or on the researchdata.network website as a collection of abstracts and …

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Reflections on the 2017 IDCC conference

By Andrea Chiarelli, 24 Feb 2017 I have just returned from the 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), which took place in Edinburgh between February 20th and February 23rd, 2017. It was a great chance to catch up with some colleagues and we presented a poster on where and how researchers currently share research data – the outcome of a Digital …

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Why we should care about text and data mining

By Rob Johnson, 14 Dec 2016 I was in Paris yesterday to present the findings of a new study on the use of text and data mining in public research. Organised by the ADBU – the French association of university library directors – I was joined at the event by speakers from ContentMine and NacTeM in the UK, and ISTEX …

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5 tips for a successful researcher survey

By Andrea Chiarelli and Rob Johnson, 28 Nov 2016 Policymakers, university managers and academic publishers all have something in common: they have to work out what researchers want. Sometimes an educated guess is good enough, but in many cases knowing what your stakeholders, staff or authors really think will lead to better decisions. Much of our work at Research Consulting …

Making the Case for Research Data Management : Call for Contributions

by Rob Johnson and Tom Parsons, 16 Feb 2016 Research data management (RDM) can be a controversial subject. From a policy viewpoint it seems a no-brainer that researchers should safeguard their work, avoid any embarrassing data loss and share their data freely. However, from a researcher and institutional perspective, these ambitions are far from straightforward. Cost, complexity and a research …