I mentioned the forthcoming report on data from Liz Lyon of UKOLN the other day. It has now appeared.

Liz Lyon

Dealing with Data: Roles, Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships - Consultancy Report

[Word] [PDF] (Permalink) [UKOLN - staff - Dr Liz Lyon]

Despite its UK focus, this report should make interesting reading more widely. It provides a useful overview of practice and policy across a variety of stakeholders: funders, nationally funded data centers, other policy bodies, local institutions. The environment is interesting given the range of national data centers, a situation which is not replicated everywhere else, and their relationship to research funding.

It is provides some discussion of general issues and it contains an interesting table which helpfully proposes a set of stakeholder roles and suggests associated rights, responsibilities and relationships.

Readers here may be interested in the following statement: "The polarisation of views regarding the role of institutional repositories for data was marked. "

The report emphasizes service and policy fragmentation and notes outstanding technical issues. However, it also shows an environment which is organizationally well-developed enough to be able to have discussions between major players about better coordination in these areas.

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Comments: 2

Jun 22, 2007
Kate

I get a 404 when I try to view either the PDF or Word versions.

Jun 22, 2007
Lorcan Dempsey

Kate - It should be OK now. I did not notice that what I copied over had relative pathnames.