UKRDS: the policy context 26 February 2009 Paul Hubbard Head of Research Policy, HEFCE
The Policy Context The national policy and funding framework Building on achievements A challenge: Making the case for UKRDS
Research: national policy and funding Government policy: A world class national research base Making a clear contribution to economic growth and national well-being National context: Public funding channelled through multiple sources (dual support) Funding in a recession: setting priorities and investing for recovery
Funding: role of HEFCE HEFCE allocates capital and recurrent funding for research: As one of several interacting funding sources supporting the research base/ infrastructure; and To enable HEIs to pursue new research fields and lines of enquiry We expect our funding to support a system that is Competitive in a global environment Dynamic and responsive Efficient in its use of public funds
Building on achievements (1) The UK research base is Competitive: we are second only to the US in a number of major fields Dynamic and responsive: at the forefront of new ideas and increasingly responsive to the demands of research users Efficient: quality and volume of output is high in relation to scale of activity and level of investment How have we done this?
Building on achievement (2) The UK has an exceptional record in creating strong and efficient research information resources: Print services: Collaborative collection management (RSLP); National research libraries; BL Document supply centre; UK Research Reserve
Research information resources Online resources: Licensing of electronic journals JISC infrastructure services Digital curation centre Other support services: Research information network
Making the case for UKRDS (1) HEFCE hopes to see a case made for supporting a service that: Meets a proven need in the research base – Research data is being and will be produced that can be re-used – Researchers will collaborate in ensuring it is stored and will demand access to it later
Making the case (2) Is supported by a consortium of funders – Sustainability and efficiency in the research base are the shared concern of all main funding providers Is fully appropriate to the needs of researchers – Standards for determining what is to be kept, for how long and in what form – Cataloguing and metadata – Security
Making the case (3) Improves efficiency in the research process and is supported by a sound business case – Evidence for levels of current and foreseeable demand from researchers to store their data and for access to data once stored – Evidence for the savings from storing data which would otherwise have to be re-created later – Capital and recurrent costs of storage and active management on this scale
Making the case (4) Sets out strong arrangements for management and future sustainability – Ownership of the storage, of the system, of the data – Who will determine standards and procedures (including for updating, weeding and re-formatting stored data) – Arrangements designed to have a good chance of lasting for many years Implementation is thoroughly planned
So there is still work to be done Over to you! Thank you for listening
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