iridium JISC MRD02 project – November ’11

Progress to date

Workpackage 0 (Project Management)

  • first Steering Group meeting arranged for 20 Dec 2011
  • Management Group meeting took place on the 23 November 2011 to review progress against project plan and active workpackages
  • nominations for Consultative Group membership have been requested
  • applications for post-graduate students posts have been reviewed
  • project plan uploaded to website

Workpackage 1 (Requirements)

  • existing RDM surveys and lessons learnt from MRD01 discussed within project
  • working group met on 10 November and created an internal project wiki page of RDM requirements gathering questions
  • working group on 29 November took this forward to review formal questions for survey/face-to-face interviews and to discuss timeline for piloting

Workpackage 2 (Policy)

  • existing RDM policies from other institutions reviewed within project
  • working group met on 9November 2011 and authored internal project wiki page of initial RDM policy principles and practical application through ‘policy layering’ and ‘policy projection/space’ concepts

Workpackage 3 (Assessment of tools)

  • this workpackage will begin when WP2 (Policy) is sufficiently progressed

Workpackage 4 (Assessment of systems)

  • this workpackage has been initiated by Paul Haldane

Workpackage 9 (Dissemination)

  • internal dissemination through iridium project mailing list and URC
  • internal Research Office website pages for hyper linking noted and local publications identified
  • external dissemination via website, blog and Twitter.
  • Niall O’Loughlin attended RDMF7 event on 2-3 November 30 2011
  • internal and external dissemination
  • Martin Donnelly from DCC joined project internal mailing list
  • Poster prepared for JISC MRD02 Programme Meeting on 1-2 December and to be attended by Steve McGough and Lindsay Wood

Activities in the last month

Risks & issues

Risk/issues likely to present in the coming 3 months are:

  • team needs to be very clear that the iridium project is not about data storage space and to manage researchers’ expectations
  • researchers do not give/identify their needs or that researchers’ needs are out of scope
  • project highlights existing practice in data management that requires change
  • until March 2012, preparation workload for researchers relating to REF14 will deter project engagement

Milestones & challenges

In the coming 3 months, identified milestones are:

  • project plan accepted (with any necessary changes) and external reporting submission
  • postgraduate students recruitment
  • RDM requirements identified
  • exemplar research projects identified and engaged
  • local existing policies analysed
  • preliminary set of recommendations for local RDM policy principles authored

2 Responses to iridium JISC MRD02 project – November ’11

  1. Thanks for this. Very useful and all in order.

    You may be interested in the MiSS Project’s work on their RDM Policy Strawman: see the blog posts at and and the document at

    I would be good if you might be able to share your progress more publically – e.g. the policies which you have consulted. Another common area is the challenge of stitching together pre-existing local policies.

    I look forward to hearing about the PG recruitment.



  2. Hi Linsay (I have tried leaving this comment on an early post where you mentioned a customised Google search… but it does not seem to ‘stick’).

    Many thanks for this (belatedly).

    On the subject of customised Google searches…

    Brian Kelly has set one up looking over the #jiscmrd 2011-13 blogs. I am sure that it will need updating:

    Julie McLeod set up a customised Google search looking over RDM training materials as part of DATUM for Health Project:



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