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Communicating the impact of RDM through case studies

By Andrea Chiarelli

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 links.

The case studies we gathered offer an overview of the types of impact allowed by the use of RDM and led to the following considerations:

  • Data infrastructures and data aggregation play a key role
  • International collaborations lead to advanced discoveries
  • The digitisation of heritage information empowers scientists
  • Open licensing is an enabler of new findings
  • The nature of the process must be embraced: the impact of RDM is normally seen after a long time!

The case studies will be used by Jisc to support their high-level RDM business case, which is complemented by some of the work we did during the past year. This includes the DAF survey (report and DAF toolkit) and a series of interviews outlining the benefits of RDM. All these resources are essential for advocacy in the field of RDM, where benefits are mostly described qualitatively or at a high level. Particularly, the use of case studies allowed us to paint a rich and varied picture of the impacts underpinned by RDM and makes it easier for advocates to find the evidence they need to guide researchers or their institutions.

If you want to know more about how we could help your organisation deal with RDM, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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