Walk Before You Run: Research Data Maturity Experiences

Ms Yvette Wharton1, Mrs Laura Armstrong1, Dr Dharani Sontam1, Professor Mark Gahegan1, Mr Sasenka Abeysooriya3, Keith Russell2

1University Of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2Australian Research Data Commons, Melbourne, Australia
3The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Research data is a valuable asset and there is an increasing awareness of the need to enable researchers and institutions to manage and share their research data across the research data lifecycle and align with international best practice, including Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) and Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics (CARE) data principles. However, many institutions are struggling with the ‘growing pains’ of increasing their research data management maturity.

This 60 minute BoF will include a series of short presentations in which we will offer highlights and insights from our experiences (at different stages on the journey) in our respective organisations, assessing current maturity, understanding the target future state, and planning an incremental path forward.

We will then facilitate an open discussion to draw input from the audience regarding the wider experiences  including maturity models and frameworks, methodologies for gathering data, and thoughts on engaging  researchers and organisations to enable shared growth on the data maturity journey.

This BoF is targeted at all those interested and involved in managing research data, and assessing data governance, processes, tools and policies, including researchers, research data stewards, research support staff, institutional administrators, enterprise architects, eResearch directors, and academic engagement or research librarians.


Yvette Wharton is the eResearch Solutions Lead at the Centre for eResearch, University of Auckland. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6689-8840

Laura Armstrong is a Senior eResearch Engagement Specialist at the Centre for eResearch, University of Auckland  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2370-3924

Dharani Sontam is an eResearch Engagement Specialist at the Centre for eResearch, University of Auckland. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7616-5088

Mark Gahegan is director of the Centre for eResearch at the University of Auckland. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7209-8156

Sasenka Abeysooriya is a Senior Strategic Adviser for Data Strategy and Governance at The University of Queensland (UQ) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2344-458X

Keith Russell is Engagements manager at the Australian Research Data Commons https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5390-2719

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