Professor David De Roure member of UK Open Research Data Task Force

Professor David De Roure member of UK Open Research Data Task Force

Professor David De Roure is one of the members of a government Task Force which aims to lead and coordinate roadmap for national open research data infrastructure.

Professor Adam Tickell, Chair of the UK Open Access Co-ordination Group, produced a report on open access to research which was requested by the Minister for Universities, Science and Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, in 2015.

In the report a recommendation was made that a 'roadmap' for national open research data infrastructure be produced, with a set of recommendations. In order to lead and coordinate this work the Minister established the Open Research Data Task Force.

Universities UK says, "Open research data is the next key phase in the UK's open science ambitions... The UK is a world leader in research data, following policies from UK research funders and engagement in support of research data management within UK universities, as well as long established specialised data centres. The academic community has played an important role in developing the research data landscape, particularly with the development of the Open Research Data Concordat, which for the first time has united the sector around key principles".

Professor Pam Thomas (PVC Research at the University of Warwick) chairs the Task Force, with secretariat support provided by Jisc. The Centre's Professor David De Roure will join members including Professor Geoffrey Boulton (University of Edinburgh, CODATA), Professor Bill Spence (Queen Mary's University, London), Professor Deborah Smith (University of York), Professor Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow) and Mr Chris Awre (University of Hull), along with representatives from Research Councils UK, HEFCE, The Wellcome Trust, Universities UK and Jisc.

The Task Force will deliver multiple outputs, starting with a report of the current state of play in 2017, and concluding with a full report in early 2018.

The first report will outline the main themes of open research data, provide an overview of the current state of play in terms of policy and infrastructure, and indicate the most appropriate forward direction for both.

The full report will make clear and detailed recommendations to Ministers and is likely to cover key national initiatives that show promise, areas for further support, stakeholder engagement opportunities and risks, infrastructural issues and investment opportunities and challenges, and technical barriers and costs or benefits arising from overcoming them.

David De Roure comments, "The work of this group is particularly important in the UK's rapidly changing data landscape, with new and emerging forms of data from innovative devices and increasing automation using increasingly powerful research infrastructures, as well as successes with data science techniques like machine learning, and the mainstreaming of methods such as citizen science".