Jul 092013

We are not the first institute to produce a website of advice for our researchers, and we wont be the last.  We already have in place the UH public website and two intranet resources; studynet, where students and staff communicate about courses and where information about research is available, and staffnet, which gives information on policies and research services such as the intellectual property and contracts office (IPACS) and the research grants office.  It struck us that while much of the information related to good RDM is available on these sites, only one site is openly available and the information relating to remote access for example is only available on a internal site.

We therefore decided that our advice and guidance would be best placed on the UH public website.  This does limit the look of the RDM site as we have no control over colour schemes or formats, and we have limited choices for the layout of case studies and the advice.  Hopefully, future iterations of the UH website will include more flexibility for its micro sites and we will be able to include dynamic content.

We chose to include as much information and advice as possible so that if people are not available for one-to-one assistance beyond this project, sufficient advice would be on the site.  We currently have 50 pages covering 18 RDM topics as well as additional pages on governance, training, and examples.  There are 6 main sections, covering the RDM life cycle; planning, starting, working, and finishing, as well as training and legal issues.  These section were chosen to cover an equal number of topics and as sensible splits in the life cycle.  The training materials are also divided into the four RDM life cycle sections.

The site is written in a relaxed tone with language which is not overcomplicated so that it is useful to researchers, research students, and support staff. We are now concentrating on open images to illustrate the site and supporting guides for the tools, whilst getting feedback on the content of the site from our stakeholders and all of the contacts that we have made during our project.  This includes collecting more case studies and getting authorisation to publish those that we have already written up.  We are now hoping to publish the site by the end of July at the same time as publishing our UH DMP Template.

Update May 2014 : the re-branded RDM pages are now available at http://bit.ly/uh-rdm