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Knowledge Transfer: Research Data Management at University of Leeds

LifelongJoints LogoTUHH, TuTech and partners are participating in the European research project “LifelongJoints” (LLJ) in the area of nano-materials aiming to improve the lifespan and performance of implants used for joint replacement. Research at TUHH ist done by Professor Michael M. Morlock at Institute of Biomechanics.

Correct management of research data (RDM) is important if LLJ is to achieve a smooth transition of the research work into potential products. LLJ is therefore implementing a Data Management Plan according to curation principles and H202 guidance. This work is being led by Dr. Graham Blyth at the University of Leeds. RDM and Open Data Management is something that UK universities have had to take on board somewhat ahead of their Continental European counterparts because it is a requirement of many UK funding bodies. Already in 2005 the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC) was established, which has become a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community.

University of LeedsIn 2012/2013 the University of Leeds conducted the JISC funded “Leeds Research Data Management Pilot (RoaDMaP)”. Among other things this resulted into:

  • Research Data Management Policy for University of Leeds,
  • RDM case studies for different disciplines,
  • Evaluation of DMPonline by DCC,
  • Training programme for researchers and support stuff,
  • New institutional research data repository in April 2015,
  • Connecting all stakeholder in RDM including library, IT, research, legal, finance and ethics departments.


In cooperation with TuTech Leeds provided a learning opportunity for members of Hamburg University of Technology’s library staff to profit from University of Leeds experience. 21-22 April Beate Rajski and Martin Bilz who are responsible for digital services at TUHH visited Graham and his colleague Rachel Proudfoot at Leeds to share experiences. They were joined by Dr Angus Whyte of DCC. The meeting provided an opportunity to share lessons learned by LeedsRoaDMaP and discuss how these could be applied to TUHH RDM: LLJ supports transfer of knowledge on Open Data Management

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