RDARI International Survey of Institutional Research Data Services

17 Sep 2019

Dear Members of the RRARI RDA Interest Group,
We have now officially launched our long-awaited survey of research data services. Please do take the time to complete the survey, or pass this email on to whomever you think would be best placed to complete the survey at your institution..
The Research Data Architectures for Research Institutions (RDARI) Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance is conducting a survey of the research data management services offered by universities and research institutions around the world. This will enable comparisons to be drawn between different institutions and help establish benchmarks for service provision. We encourage respondents to include their email addresses so that colleagues at other institutions can contact them to compare notes and exchange ideas when they provide or are looking develop similar services. The length of time taken to complete the survey will vary depending on the number of services your institution already offers, but we estimate that 30 minutes should be adequate in most instances.
The results of the survey will be shared with respondents after it has closed on the 15th November 2019, and published as open data shortly thereafter.
Please visit https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=63105 to complete the survey.
Further information about the Research Data Alliance RDARI Interest Group may be found at https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rd...
Dr James A J Wilson
Head of Research Data Services
Research IT Services
Information Services Division, UCL.
1-19 Torrington Place, London. WC1E 7HB
Tel. 020 3549 5068 (internal: 65068)
Email: ***@***.***

  • Ville Tenhunen's picture

    Author: Ville Tenhunen

    Date: 17 Sep, 2019

    Hi all,
    First of all I want to thank James about great work with this. I also
    hope that you have possibility to answer to this survey or share the
    information about the survey with those people you think might be the
    right answerer to this in your organisation.
    Secondly. Short reminder that early bird registartion of the RDA Plenary
    14 in Espoo and Helsinki ends September 24, 2019 midnight EST. Local
    organisers have advised us that hotels should be booked as soon as
    possible. More information:
    Thirdly. RDARI IG will have a working session on Thursday 24th October
    2019 in Breakout 5 (11:00 - 12:30). Our theme is "Healthy architectures
    for healthy data - sharing approaches for sensitive data architectures".
    We have session of presentations and lightning talks by institutions -
    followed by the questions and discussion. If your institution or
    organisation have a project, service or architecture about sensitive
    data, health data or governance and like to share information about it,
    here is the place. If you like to prepare a short lightning talk (with
    or without slides) it is more than welcome. You can inform me beforehand
    (and I'll include your talk in to the list) or just say your word in our
    More information:
    On 17/09/2019 13:13, jajwilson_UCL via Research Data Architectures in

  • James Wilson's picture

    Author: James Wilson

    Date: 31 Oct, 2019

    It's nearing the end of October, and the RDARI survey is still very much open and looking for additional responses. I'd like to thank those institutions that have already submitted responses, and encourage those of you in institutions that have not yet done so. The more responses we receive, the greater the benefit to the community.

    • University of Oxford
    • University of Bristol
    • University of Cape Town
    • Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Edinburgh Napier University
    • University of Sheffield
    • Copenhagen Business School
    • UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    • Monash University
    • CIESIN
    • UCL
    • HZB Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
    • Singapore Management University
    • University of South Australia
    • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    • Ã…bo Akademi University
    • University of Belgrade - School of Electrical Engineering
    • University of Eastern Finland
    • Technical University Dresden
    • University Library of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
    • Sheffield Hallam University
    • University of Cambridge
    • University of East London
    • Vanderbilt University
    • University of Nottingham
    • National Geoscience Data Centre
    • University College Dublin
    • University of Sussex

    There are many other institutions who have completed a lesser or greater degree of the survey. Please, if you have saved it part way through, do go back and complete what you can. Not knowing every detail of every service is fine.

  • James Wilson's picture

    Author: James Wilson

    Date: 31 Oct, 2019

    Dear All,

    I've just realiized that there have been a few more respondents over the past week who are not included in the above list - apologies if that applied to you! We have got those responses safe and sound in the database.

    Further apologies to members of those institutions whose names have been mangled by the .csv export from our survey software!


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