As part of the FAIRsFAIR (Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe) project, EUA and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) are organising this focus group to allow an in-depth dialogue about the development and implementation of Research Data Management (RDM) policies and the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles at universities.

RDM from the creation of research data to its long-term storage is an intrinsic aspect of Open Science and practices such as the preparation of Data Management Plans (DMP) and the deposition of data in repositories are becoming the new normal. Funder mandates in Horizon 2020 and at national level, as well as European legislation such as the newly revisited European Directive on Public Sector Information, are also increasing expectations how to manage research data.

Moreover, creating the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) based on FAIR data will drive the need for data stewards and managers based at universities and other research organisations, as well as skilled users and researchers producing, sharing and (re-)using data. Besides benefits for the EOSC, RDM is an important practice supporting reproducibility of research and the re-use of data.

Yet, while some universities are already well advanced in professionalising their RDM services and despite a clear need to foster RDM in policy and practice, EUA findings show that only a minority of European universities so far have research data policies in place or employ specialised data support staff.

The focus group will address key questions related to the development and implementation of RDM policies, including:

  • What are institutional challenges, drivers and good practices in establishing and implementing research data policies within universities?
  • What are challenges, drivers and good practices in educating and training academics, professional staff and students in research data management?

Participants will have a one-day in-depth opportunity to exchange experiences and learn about practices in other participating organisations as the programme will build on interactive discussions intended to create an open exchange.

Target audience

This event is mainly aimed at university and academic leadership responsible for, or interested, in designing and implementing research data policies. Institutions at various stages in this process are welcome. Other participants, e.g. representing Research Infrastructures and RDM-related projects or initiatives are also invited to apply.

Contact

For any questions, please contact Lennart Stoy (Lennart.stoy@eua.eu). 

Application

Please apply via the online application form (deadline 20 September 2019). Applicants will be selected based on their experience in the topic of the focus group. Special consideration will be given to ensuring a geographical balance as well as a diversity of experiences and institutional profiles. Applicants should have a leading function at their institution. Applications for the focus group will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Costs

There is no registration fee, and participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Meals and refreshments on the day of the event will be provided free of charge to participants. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements before they have officially been selected for participation. Participants selected to take part in the event will receive additional practical information in due course.

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