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 Dr Caroline Ingran, Jisc.
Professor Carole Goble, University of Manchester
and representatives from Research England, The Wellcome Trust, Universities UK, BEIS and Jisc.
The Task Force will consult more widely or co-opt expertise as required.
This is the first report of the Open Research Data Task
Force. The report provides a thorough overview of the infrastructure that
supports open research data in the UK and abroad. It details the policies that
have been implemented by research funders and universities themselves; the
technological platforms and tools developed at local, national and
international levels; and the cultural challenges that are still present across
different disciplinary research groups. The report has been reviewed and
discussed by members of the Open Research Data Taskforce who represent HEFCE,
RCUK, Wellcome Trust, UUK, Jisc, BEIS, academics from a number of disciplines
and champions of open research data.
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A second report due in 2018 will make clear and detailed recommendations to Ministers and is likely to cover:
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