The Damaro and Oxford DMPonline Project Workshop

On Friday the 28th June, 2013, we staged a one-day workshop at Rewley House, Oxford, to communicate the findings and successes of both the Data Management Roll-out at Oxford (Damaro) Project and the Oxford DMPonline project. Both of these projects were funded as part of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme.

The first morning session looked at the aims, objectives, and key findings of the two projects set against the context of developments in the broader academic environment, particularly the growing requirements placed on researchers and their institutions by the Research Councils and other important funders. This session also introduced the University of Oxford's Policy Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records.

The second morning session consisted of demonstrations of some of the software tools that staff at the Oxford have been working on over the last couple of years to support an RDM infrastructure for the University. Delegates were shown DataStage, DataBank, DataFinder, and the Online Research Database Service (ORDS). The Oxford DMPonline tool, which addresses the planning stage of the research data life-cycle, was demonstrated during the first session.

The afternoon session involved a review of the work the Damaro Project has undertaken to develop and embed RDM training and support within the University, a session on the efforts to acheive a sustainable future for the infrastructure, and a look at the principles underlying the open source development of the software tools.

The final session consisted of break-out groups, where we explored with our workshop delegates how best to train people to better manage research data and what was still needed in practice to enable researchers to manage their data from conception to re-use, via a set of discipline-specific case studies.

Conclusions from these break-out sessions will be added here in due course.

The full programme for the day was as follows: