Boom! That’s the sound of today’s UK life sciences industry!

By |July 21st, 2015|

It’s an exciting time to be part of the life sciences industry in Britain. And it’s mainly because the government has recently taken a much more proactive approach to growing […]

Wiley, Figshare and the open access journal movement

By |July 17th, 2015|

As major proponents of open access in the UK and throughout the world, we try to keep you up to date on the latest news surrounding the subject. While our […]

Workflows are the actionable and practical day-to-day aspects of RDM

By |July 16th, 2015|

Are you managing data generated by research? Did you know that the ability to define and automate RDM workflow processes is one of the key ways of ensuring their quality, […]

Just what is open access anyway?

By |July 9th, 2015|

If you’re a member of the academic or scientific communities then you’re probably familiar with open access, however there are a number of individuals who are still a little perplexed […]

What? You’re only backing up your data?!

By |July 7th, 2015|

If you’ve ever worked in higher education—whether as a professor or administrator – then you know one of the most important keystrokes you’ve mastered on your computer is Ctrl+S (or […]

Could better open access in science save the world?

By |July 7th, 2015|

Today there seems to be an Armageddon scenario for everything. Whether you’re worried about the world descending into war or a super-virus rapidly infecting everyone, there is a lot of […]

Are Elsevier setting a dangerous precedent?

By |July 1st, 2015|

Elsevier, a global leader in scientific publications including Cell, made headlines recently for a new policy change that many believe to be detrimental to the fight for open access. The […]

From 16 to 1,000 research papers – why data archiving is a good investment

By |June 29th, 2015|

The May elections are already having some positive effect on the fight for open data. Newly elected Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock is calling for a shift in “culture” to […]

Hackers: The modern day bank robbers

By |June 9th, 2015|

Mention the name “Lightning” Lee Murray at your local pub and someone is bound to know who he is. The infamous Murray was the mastermind behind the 2006 Securitas Depot […]

Open access to big data = massive savings

By |June 2nd, 2015|

Open access to public data is one of the most important topics for data archive managers and the use of open data over proprietary data is in the best interests […]

4 Reasons why tape beats traditional disk storage

By |June 2nd, 2015|

If you are thinking about archiving your data with a third-party vendor, there are many things to consider before making your final choice—the most important being data integrity. During your […]

Catastrophic data loss (that digital dark age thing again)

By |May 28th, 2015|

When comparing life in the 21st century to the ancient world, you may be hard-pressed to find many similarities. But if you look more closely, there are parallels to […]

Calling all Universities: Be a trusted data resource for your alumni

By |May 28th, 2015|

As May comes to an end, members of the Class of 2015 are donning their caps and gowns for graduation and preparing to take their first steps into the […]

How archiving can reduce data protection costs

By |May 22nd, 2015|

Over the last 50 years we have seen waves of technology booms which have dramatically shaped the world we live in. Because of this, almost everything we do today is […]

Google and the life sciences investment domino effect

By |May 19th, 2015|

Bill Maris may be the most important man the life sciences have ever known. No, Maris isn’t a scientist, nor is he an expert in the field, but what he […]

File-format preservation, data archiving, and the Vatican

By |May 14th, 2015|

It’s extremely encouraging to see that the Vatican has devised a long-term strategy for preserving what is clearly a collection of very valuable assets. The move from physical to digital […]

Does the UK need a Chief Data Officer?

By |May 12th, 2015|

Since the turn of the millennium, data has slowly become a more frequent talking point for businesses, researchers, schools and government (and many more besides). While not the hot button […]

Why care.data needs long-term data storage expertise

By |May 11th, 2015|

The NHS has long been regarded as a front runner of public health throughout the world. However, despite its strides to achieve universal healthcare and the influence it has had […]

NGS data archiving: authenticity and availability

By |May 7th, 2015|

Ever since scientists were able to successfully map the human genome, the life sciences field has rapidly grown and continues to do so. Through DNA sequencing, we have been able […]

Life sciences, computer programmers and Figshare

By |May 5th, 2015|

Have you ever tried your hand at website programming? While the computer science discipline has become ever more popular with the ongoing .com boom and evolving web technologies, at its […]

Europe (it’s The Netherlands) leading the way in open access

By |April 30th, 2015|

It’s 2015 and we still don’t have full open access to scholarly publications here in the UK. However, progress is being made and it’s being made throughout Western Europe. In […]

Data management planning: The basic building block for access to research data

By |April 29th, 2015|

Universities and research institutions provide us with a wealth of knowledge through the research they conduct, but how much impact does it really have on our day to day lives? […]

Invasive alien species driving a need for open access to research data

By |April 17th, 2015|

How in the world did the impact of invasive alien species (IASs)—such as the American bullfrog—and open access to research data come together as a topic? Turns out that even […]

Open access to research data in Sweden – following in the EPSRC’s footsteps

By |April 17th, 2015|

Following in the footsteps of the EPSRC, the Swedish Research Council, on behalf of the Swedish government, recently announced proposed national guidelines to support open access to research data in […]

13 Practical ways to meet EPSRC research data management expectations

By |March 31st, 2015|

There can’t be many people working in academic research or in Higher education IT who aren’t aware of the impending 1st May implementation deadline of the EPSRC research data management (RDM) […]

Metadata: The RDM essential that keeps on giving

By |March 30th, 2015|

Research data management (RDM): This phrase is getting a lot of headlines at the moment given that such systems are at the heart of institutional support for funder mandated (the […]

60 Years is not long: Academia leading the way in saying #NoDigitalDarkAge

By |March 23rd, 2015|

This is such a big story that we’ve decided to write another article about it. You can read the first one here.
#NoDigitalDarkAge
There’s been a lot of talk recently in the […]

RECODE for RDM: What does it all mean?

By |March 20th, 2015|

Whilst many policymakers agree on the benefits of scientific data dissemination and preservation, significant organisational barriers to research data management still exist. For organisations struggling to overcome these obstacles, the […]

EPSRC expectations – everyone’s affected!

By |March 12th, 2015|

The EPSRC policy implementation deadline is now just over six weeks away – and we all know that it will have a significant impact on a range of institutional and […]