Data Management Engagement Award

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Data Management Engagement Award
26 Jan 2018

Data Management Engagement Award

26 January 2018

A competition has been launched by the University of Cambridge, SPARC Europe and JISC to elicit new and imaginative ideas for engaging researchers in the practices of good research data management (RDM).

This builds on the Engaging Good Data Management Conference that took place at the University of Cambridge in November last year. One submision will be chosen as the winner and up to £1750 will be awarded to bring it to life. 

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Feb. 28, 2018 GMT.

University of Cambridge's Dr. Marta Teperek will be presenting details of the award during the Research Data Alliance's (RDA) Data Innovation Forum to be held in Brussels, Belgium on January 30, 2018. 

As part of the goal is to encourage a global movement to engage more researchers in good data management, the winning idea should be applicable and transferable to a broad range of countries, institutions, settings and disciplines.

It should also have the potential for wide impact - to engage as many people as possible in better, and preferably, open data management practices. (Think: ideas that have the potential to connect with large groups.) And the idea shouldn't require a large budget to execute, so that it is easily reusable by others.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Feasibility - 25%
  • Impact - 25%
  • Transferability - 25%
  • Value for money - 25%

Aside from this, the parameters for eligible ideas are broad so as not to restrict the community's creativity, though the concept must focus on improving data management practices amongst researchers.

Ideas that require more than £1,750 to implement are still eligible but please indicate how additional funds will be obtained.

Application Process

Each application should provide a maximum 2-page outline of the idea and how it addresses the evaluation detailed above, and clearly specifying the beneficiaries. In addition, a timeline and budget must also be included in addition to the 2-page outline. 

This being a competition pertaining to the "open" space, all submissions will be made public to spark and increase engagement in the competition. Organizers will practice open submissions and evaluations by making all the submissions and our assessments of them public. Evaluations will take place in the first quarter of 2018.

Concept Launch

Plans are for the winning concept to be launched by July 30, 2018 and draw to a close by January 31, 2019. Eventual learnings from the project will be published under an open license (i.e. the outcomes can be freely accessed, used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose). 

Further information on submissions such as where to submit as well as how to make inquiries may be found in the attachment: RDM Engagement Award Announcement

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