Monday, 24 September 2012

JISC fund iSchool to develop Research Data Management learning materials

JISC funds the White Rose Consortium of academic libraries and the Sheffield iSchool to develop Research Data Management (RDM) learning materials for LIS professionals

JISC have funded the White Rose Consortium of the libraries of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York and the Sheffield iSchool to develop learning materials about Research Data Management tailored for the needs of LIS professionals.

The project, RDMRose, will develop learning materials to be made available as Open Educational Resources for individual professionals to study as CPD and for other LIS educators to reuse, as well as for use in courses at Sheffield. Learning materials should begin to be available from January 2013.

RDM refers to “the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results”[1]. The need for universities to put in place support for Research Data Management has been driven by the data deluge and research funders’ mandates. LIS services around the world are currently trying to understand how they can best support researchers to follow good RDM practices. What is involved will vary between institutions, but a number of roles are emerging, such as in influencing policy, teaching students and researchers about best practice and offering advisory services.

RDMRose will clarify LIS roles in RDM and provide learning materials to help professionals acquire the skills they need to create dynamic and innovative services.

Project web site:
Contact: Andrew Cox,

[1] Whyte, A., Tedds, J. (2011). ‘Making the Case for Research Data Management’. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online:

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