Friday, 11 April 2014

Funding Success for Cox

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Cox who has secured funding for the following project.

Wicked Ways with Research Data Management

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has funded this small project to create a community of practice around the exploration of Research Data Management (RDM) as a "wicked problem", i.e. the kind of complex issue that is interpreted differently by different actors.

Many issues in UK universities have all the hallmarks of being “wicked problems”: complex, hard to solve issues that stakeholders perceive in very different ways.   A new wicked problem for universities that has emerged in the last few years is what to do about RDM.

The aim of the Wicked Ways’ project is to bring together a network of those involved in tackling the wicked RDM problem in different institutions and through an iterative, reflective and participative process construct an open educational resource about leadership in wicked problem contexts.  This resource will be freely available to the wider UK HEI community and will help promote the understanding of the wicked problem concept.  The process will also help to create a supportive community of practice for participants.

The collaborators who will be involved in in creating this learning resource are drawn from the various stakeholders in RDM: researchers, research administrators, IT professionals, librarians and record managers.  Facilitation will be managed by the Information School.  Collaborators will be drawn largely but not exclusively from the White Rose Consortium partners, the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  As people currently engaged in addressing this wicked problem space, they will have immediate experiences to reflect on and opportunities to try out ideas in practice. 

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