Institutional Underpinnings – a Collaborative Approach to University Research Data Management
Dr Nichola Burton1, Dr Lyle Winton1,2
2University of Melbourne
Effective research data management (RDM) is an important consideration for all of Australia’s universities. Research data is an asset that underlies and validates the findings of their researchers and feeds into new research, motivating the preservation, sharing and re-use of data. However, research data also poses a number of challenges, including the growing burden of resourcing, the management of access and sensitivity, and the need to make decisions about longer-term retention and disposal.
The ARDC’s Institutional Underpinnings program aims to uplift RDM capability across Australia’s universities by collaboratively developing a Nationally Agreed Institutional RDM Framework. The Framework is intended to inform the design of policy, procedures, infrastructure and services and improve the coordination of RDM within and between universities. By sharing challenges, experiences, advice, new directions and opportunities for collaboration, and testing these shared outputs locally, the twenty-five participating universities will produce a resource that will advance RDM for all Australian universities.
The Institutional Underpinnings program is currently midway through the Framework development phase. We will discuss the approach we have taken to the co-design of the Framework, the essential elements of RDM that have so far been identified by the program participants, participant experiences of the process, and next steps for the program.
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