Open research data is the next key phase in the UK’s open science ambitions – by science we mean a formal approach to knowledge that is rationally explicable and practically applicable. The UK is a world leader in research data, following policies from UK research funders and engagement in support of research data management within UK universities, as well as long established specialised data centres. The academic community has played an important role in developing the research data landscape, particularly with the development of the
Open Research Data Concordat, which for the first time has united the sector around key principles.
Professor Pam Thomas (PVC Research at the University of Warwick) chairs the Task Force. Secretariat support is provided by Jisc.
and representatives from Research Councils UK, HEFCE, The Wellcome Trust, Universities UK, BEIS and Jisc.
The Task Force will consult more widely or co-opt expertise as required.
The Task Force will deliver multiple outputs, starting with a report of the current state of play in 2017, and concluding with a full report in early 2018.
The first report (2017) is intended to signal the main themes of open research data, provide an overview of the current state of play in terms of policy and infrastructure, and indicate the most appropriate forward direction for both.
The second report (2018) will make clear and detailed recommendations to Ministers and is likely to cover:
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