iridium JISC MRD02 – monthly updates to November ’12

Progress to date

Workpackage 0 (Project Management)

  • draft proposal for extension of project submitted
  • full-team meeting took place on 12 November 2012 to review project against JISC Progress Meeting RDM ‘components’

Workpackage 1 (Requirements)

  • requirements gathering outputs disseminated locally and externally to JISC MRD Programme
  • resultant project actions dissemination locally to stakeholders through Registrar’s regular update to Heads of Departments
  • anonymised requirements data shared with local projects and initiatives (Computing Science data security Choice Modelling, Digital Campus Initiative Infrastructure Discovery and ISS Information Security projects)

Workpackage 2 (Policy)

  • working group met on 06 September and 27 September 2012
  • policy principles and Code of Good Practice have been revised and are in a mature draft form
  • briefing of senior project advocates is planned ahead of tabling of draft policy document at URC
  • permission will be requested from URC for draft policy principles to be published on project website for open consultation

Workpackage 3/4/5 (tools, systems, & implementation)

  • research data catalogue will be tested with subset of Changing Age researchers
  • draft Newcastle-specific post-award DMP template will be tested within DCC DMP Online system from Decemebr 2012
  • SWORD2 protocol investigations blogged
  • CKAN platform to be tested

Workpackage 6 (Human support)

  • RDM support materials writing sessions continued on 08 and 18 October 2012
  • RDM support website has being populated with FAQ, draft policy principles and good practice guidance content
  • documentation of selected RDM-specific tools continuing
  • Dr Simon Kometa (ISS) attended JISC ‘Research Data Management Training’ workshop on 26 October 2012

Workpackage 8 (Evaluation)

  • draft policy principles reviewed in light of comments received from stakeholder to date
  • evaluation to date reported internally on tools (i.e. e-Science Central and DMP Online)
  • Lindsay Wood attended JISC benefits meeting in Bristol 29-30 November 2012

Workpackage 9 (Dissemination)

  • newsletter-style project update disseminated on 05 October 2012
  • project disseminated at JISC Progress Meeting on 24-25 October 2012
  • Niall O’Loughlin (RES) gave a talk to AFRD Research Committee on 09 November 2012

Activities in the last months

  • EPSRC-funded FRICCTT report published that referenced JISC iridium project
  • local EPSRC-funded Cyber Security project awarded that referenced JISC iridium project requirements gathering data in case for support
  • Lindsay Wood attend JISC IRIOS-2 RIM meeting in Newcastle on 21 September 2012
  • Suzanne Hardy (MEDEV) attended the DataCite citing sensitive data workshop on 29 October 2012 at the British Library
  • Dr Ben Allen (ISS) attended RDMF9 workshop on 14-15 November 2012 in Cambridge

Risks & issues

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

  • project still needs to be very clear that the iridium project is not about data storage space provision
  • managing researchers’ expectations about provision of RDM tools
  • degree of policy revisions post-URC, that might be required, is unknown
  • maintaining good communication links with the URC during project team staffing changes
  • REF 2014 will be a major priority for researchers and institution in coming months

Milestones & challenges

In the coming 3 months, identified milestones are:

  • draft policy approved by URC and then by Executive Board
  • project outputs (policy, tools and training) aligned into pilot infrastructure
  • pilot infrastructure evaluated against research projects’ needs
  • monitoring institutional IT re-structuring for embedding of project outputs

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