May 232012

The UH Research Data Assets Survey has been launched and is planned to run until mid-June. The survey can be found at

All research activity generates data in some form, even it you don’t recognise it as such. Valuable data is often found in unstructured, every day office formats, embedded in your working papers. It is as important to understand the requirements of this ‘free form’ data as it is to understand well defined collections, so every contribution from every research area will be valuable.

This survey aims to help the Research Data Toolkit team understand the research data landscape at the University and to plan the most effective support for research data management going forward. It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

The data collected in this survey will be held securely. The results will be anonymised and published at  We ask for your name and email address so that we can contact you with regard to good practice and interesting issues to feed into the Research Data Toolkit. No personal data will be reported.

The survey has has got off to a good start with 20 respondents in 24 hours after opening.  Please find the time to complete it so that we can gather a true picture of research data requirements across the whole University, and in particular from within those departments and groups that would not traditionally see themselves as data generators.