iridium JISC MRD02 – monthly update January ’12

Progress to date

Workpackage 0 (Project Management)

  • Management Group meetings took place on 5 and 19 of January to review progress against project plan and active workpackages
  • 6 postgraduate students will form the iridium support team assisting with all aspects of the project
  • support team have been given induction to iridium project (context and importance, RDM basics including MANTRA training ‘sections’ 1-3, etc.)
  • initial postgraduate workload will be focused on requirements survey, assisting working groups, together with dissemination activities.
  • 2 support team positions aligned to biomedical research data will be re-advertised
  • project plan with revised timelines has been uploaded to iridium website
  • all team members have been invited to take advantage of available external RDM training opportunities (such as offered by DCC roadshows, etc.)

Workpackage 1 (Requirements)

  • requirements survey interview script has been trialled with a small number of initial researchers and feedback fed into iterative script development
  • a working group took place on 12 January to discuss feedback, plan analysis and arrange support team
  • support team received briefing on iridium RDM script questions and had a practical training session on conducting interviews and thematic analysis of transcripts
  • support team given task to conducted an initial interview with a ‘friendly’ researcher
  • list of initial interviewees contacts established

Workpackage 2 (Policy)

  • Steering Group feedback on draft policy principles were reviewed, with the requested changes to be supported through the detail provided in the ‘code of practice’
  • a working group on the 16 January discussed draft policy principles against the research data lifecycle, towards the authoring of a RDM ‘code of practice’

Workpackage 3/4 (Assessment of tools/systems)

  • these workpackages are running together until a need is identified for them to run separately
  • meeting took place on 23 January to progress workpackage
  • an initial report will be prepared for the Management Group on 2 February 2012

Workpackage 9 (Dissemination)

  • URC has disseminated to Faculty Research Committees
  • an invite for Consultative Group membership has been included in dissemination materials
  • a University wide email is planned
  • dissemination table on project management site has been established for internal and external opportunities
  • iridium, through Steve Williams, Director of ISS, has disseminated the project to the University Senior Officers Group on 24 January 2012

Activities in the last month

  • DCC will host a North East roadshow in April 2012, with iridium project having a provisional presentation slot

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 engage or interviews cannot be scheduled easily
  • 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:

  • RDM requirements identified and analysis published, including use cases.
  • exemplar research projects identified and engaged.
  • a detailed RDM draft policy document, consolidated using the analysis of existing policies, is authored to support policy principles.
  • postgraduate students project training and activities management

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