Research data management funding: is Europe up for the challenge?

Jan 31, 2013 · East Wall, Ireland
Research data management funding: is Europe up for the challenge?
A workshop to showcase a European funding and evaluation framework for research data management
31 January 2013, Dublin, Ireland

Managing research data effectively and sustainably is an issue that concerns researchers, institutions, data centers, funding bodies and academic publishers all over the world. To address it, various initiatives aimed at disseminating good practice and coordinating policy across countries are under way. One key challenge for these initiatives is designing and running funding programmes for managing research data that are flexible enough to suit the different economic and cultural contexts of the countries where these programmes will be implemented.
SIM4RDM is a two year project funded by the European Commission to analyse research data management policies in a number of European states, and to produce funding models, evaluation frameworks, case studies and recommendations for future national interventions and pan-European and international co-ordination. 
The SIM4RDM partners have completed a multi-stakeholder survey of research data management practices, and are currently developing a funding and evaluation framework for designing, running and evaluating funding programmes to improve research data management skills and support.
This workshop aims to showcase the SIM4RDM outputs and to explore opportunities for European and international collaboration. Attendance is free, but places are offered on a first come first served basis. To attend please register at the top of this page.  
Workshop objectives

get feedback on the SIM4RDM funding and evaluation framework
showcase funding bodies involved in the case studies
explore collaboration with relevant international initiatives 
identify potential partners for a project follow-up

Target audience

European and national funders with an interest in managing research data
European and national policy makers in higher education and research infrastructure
European and national data curation centres and data centres
European and international initiatives focused on managing research data
Universities and research institutions planning to adopt RDM strategies
Publishers interested in RDM issues, e.g. linking online publications with research data
Researchers interested in improving their research results by better managing research data

Practical Information
A note providing practical information about how to get to the workshop venue from the airport can be found here. 
Thu 31 January
09:00 Registration and coffee  09:25 Welcome09:30 Matthew Dovey, JISC: SIM4RDM outline 09:45 Carlos-Morais Pires, European Commission: Keynote 1 - Research data management funding in Europe  10:15 Marc Dupuis, SURF: SIM4RDM survey and landscape report findings 10:40 Break 11:00 Gabriel Hanganu, JISC: SIM4RDM funding framework11:25 Peter Stefan, NIIF: SIM4RDM evaluation framework11:50 Breakout groupsGroup 1: Pan-European challenge: addressing multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural contextsGroup 2: Sustainability challenge: refining the framework via top-down and bottom-up involvement12:10 Report from breakout groups12:20 Lunch13:20 John Wood, Research Data Alliance: Keynote 2 - Aligning research data policies worldwide13:50 Opportunities for international collaboration14:05 Breakout groupsGroup 1: Policy co-ordinaton, community, governance   Group 2: Sharing good practice, training, skills14:25 Report from breakout groups14:35 Break 14:55 Leif Ericsson, NordForsk: SIM4RDM case studies 15:20 Opportunities for European collaboration15:35 Breakout groupsGroup 1: Exploring partnership with existing projectsGroup 2: Exploring future opportunities and collaboration15.55 Report from breakouts16.05 Lessons learned, next steps 16:15 Close
SIM4RDM is a two year ERA-NET project funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The vision of SIM4RDM is to enable researchers to effectively use emerging data infrastructures by ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and support infrastructures necessary to adopt good research data management practices. SIM4RDM will achieve this vision by analysing existing funding programmes and policy interventions within member states and internationally and will then aim to produce models, evaluation framworks and policy recommendations for both future national interventions as well as pan-European and International co-ordination. 
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