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Thursday, 24th April 2014

UK: The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation

Source: JISC

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In the UK, substantial resources are being invested in the development and provision of services for the curation and long-term preservation of research data. It is a high priority area for a range of stakeholders, universities, researchers and research funders. There is strong interest in establishing the value and sustainability of these investments.

Although a number of studies have looked at methods for determining cost-benefit and broad indicators of value for research data sharing, there remain significant challenges. Only a relatively small number of socio-economic studies have focused specifically on the impact of research data sharing, or research data infrastructure. Moreover, their results have largely concentrated on qualitative indicators rather than quantification of value in economic terms.

This synthesis aims to summarise and reflect on the combined findings from a recent series of independent investigations, produced by the same authors, into the value and impact of three well established UK research data centres or services. 

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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