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RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT FORUM – 1 st  workshop Notes and actions from the 19     th    /20     th     March 2008 workshop     The first two sections that follow are notes taken during the 20 th  March presentations that can  be found at   , as well as from the subsequent Q&A sessions.  The  second two sections cover the ensuing breakout sessions and are based on the feedback by  rapporteurs. 1. Martin Lewis: the future shape of the research data management community The focus of this presentation was the higher education sector. It should be recognised that there is both eScience and ‘ordinary’ science, and a risk that data  from ordinary science might be overlooked because of the high profile of eScience. Stages of the data lifecycle: it is appropriate for universities that all stages should be executed  within the same location. There is a role for Library & Information Services organisations/staff in advising researchers  over data management or to point them at other experts/expertise. How should we address the tension/relationship between domain experts and informatics  experts?  How best can there be a skills collaboration? Universities are not equipped to solve the problem of managing research data on their own. Researchers want services, not projects. There is a spectrum of organisational solutions to data management/curation, across the  disciplines [see presentation for graphic], with the likelihood that much of the gaps in the  centre are occupied by ‘unofficial’ or small-scale solutions, many of which will be project- based.  By their nature, these latter are not necessarily sustainable. Introducing the HEFCE-sponsored UK Research Data Services feasibility study – this  workshop provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the study, gain/provide access to  participation in meetings, identify investment opportunities (cases for investment in data  management solutions). The study expects to identify the hidden ‘repositories’ in the spectrum and to demonstrate the  scale of the cost for enabling sustainability. Q&A International collaboration in the provision of data management solutions is important and  should not be overlooked by the study. Linking the study to DCC case studies (e.g. the SCARP immersions) would be beneficial. The challenge of mapping data curation to an FEC model could prove to be an opportunity.
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