When the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced four years ago that it was issuing long-term storage and preservation guidelines for 2015, 2015 may have seemed far away. But as the May 1 2015 deadline creeps closer, have you started to think how you’ll address the EPSRC policy framework for data management of publicly funded research?


There’s no need to worry if you need to catch up thanks to available resources that will help your institution meet these EPSRC requirements. For example, we at Arkivum have just announced our partnership with figshare—the research data management (RDM) platform that specialises in “active data.” This collaboration will assist UK institutions in their compliance with funder-mandated research data requirements.

You may be wondering how exactly this meets the EPSRC stipulations: it’s by integrating our long-term archiving service with an institutional RDM system. The collaboration will ensure that data is accessible to the wider-research community in a timely, cost-effective and user-friendly manner, creating open access data – and for the long-term! This relationship fits perfectly into the EPSRC framework that requires the sharing, preservation, easy discovery and re-use of research data within the academic community.

“We are pleased to see an increasing number of funders mandating the dissemination of the digital content that they have funded as a part of a body of research,” Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare, said in the recent partnership announcement. “Although this poses new challenges for researchers it also presents new opportunities to get credit for research. Through this partnership with Arkivum, as well as making data persistent through figshare, UK institutions now have increased choice in how to ensure data are available for decades to come.”


Moreover, our newest alliance partnership with Artefactual, a provider of open-source and open-standard digital preservation software, will facilitate stronger collaboration and digital curation. This means that if you already have an Archivematica deployment, the asured long-term digital archiving solutions that we provide can be seamlessly integrated. Working with Artefactual to integrate our two technology solutions enables us to provide an end-to-end solution for digital preservation and long-term archiving.

The ability to archive content processed by Archivematica in Arkivum platforms, both on-site and in the cloud, will be integrated into an autumn 2014 public release of Archivematica. Institutions should see this as a comprehensive solution for developing their digital repositories.


Want to learn more about future-proofing your RDM solution? Join figshare and Arkivum for a coffee break webinar on Nov. 11, when you’ll hear key information, insights and practical tips for your RDM program. The webinar will provide an overview of elements your solution needs to cover the entire spectrum of funder-mandated research data requirements for UK higher education institutions.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.