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DISC-UK DataShare

March 2007 - July 2009, funded by JISC Digital Repositories and Preservation Programme

The DISC-UK DataShare (Data Information Specialists Committee - United Kingdom) project, led by EDINA and Data Library at the University of Edinburgh, with partners at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford, has advanced the current provision of repository services for accommodating datasets in the UK.

The project's overall aim was to contribute to new models, workflows and tools for academic data sharing within a complex and dynamic information environment which included increased emphasis on stewardship of institutional knowledge assets of all types; new technologies to enhance e-Research; new research council policies and mandates; and the growth of the Open Access / Open Data movement.

Briefing papers, conference presentations, posters, the blog and website drew attention to key themes including data publishing, open data and licensing issues, data management, scientific metadata, policy development, disciplinary differences and country comparisons.

Key conclusions

  1. Data management motivation is a better bottom-up driver for researchers than data sharing but is not sufficient to create culture change.
  2. Data librarians, data managers and data scientists can help bridge communication between repository managers & researchers.
  3. Institutional repositories can improve impact of sharing data over the internet.


Robin Rice

Data Librarian & Head, Research Data Support

  • Library & University Collections
  • Information Services

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