iridium JISC MRD02 – monthly update March ’12

Progress to date

Workpackage 0 (Project Management)

  • Management Group meetings took place on 15 and 29 of March 2012 to review progress against project plan and active workpackages
  • support team positions aligned to medical sciences were interviewed and offers made
  • second Steering Group will take place on 25 April 2012

Workpackage 1 (Requirements)

  • online survey sent to 932 Principal Investigators of funded projects
  • 22 face-to-face interviews have been conducted with researchers and related staff
  • interviews are identifying potential Consultative Group membership candidates
  • this workpackage is 3 months behind original timeline, thus we need to feed initial findings forward quickly to dependant work packages

Workpackage 2 (Policy)

  • draft Code of Practice has been authored and is being reviewed within team
  • JISC programme policy meeting in Leeds on 12-13 March 2012 was attend by Steve McGough and Niall O’Loughlin
  • a working group meeting is scheduled for 17 April 2012

Workpackage 3/4 (Metadata, tools and systems)

  • these workpackages are running together until a need is identified for them to run separately
  • taxonomy/API meeting took place on 5 March 2012
  • data catalogue specification has been outlined and a working proof of concept will be completed by end of April 2012

Workpackage 6 (Human support)

  • initial workpackage scoping has been initiated
  • working group will have first meeting on 12 April 2012

Workpackage 9 (Dissemination)

  • external dissemination at DCC North East, ECRM12 and ARMA
  • internal dissemination at URF 30 May 2012 is planned
  • dissemination plan will be extended with guidance form Steering Group

Activities in the last month

  • Lindsay Wood attended JISC RDM Planning projects close meeting

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

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 reviewed by URC
  • postgraduate students project activities management
  • RDM tools and systems have been identified and assessed
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