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In November 2017, the Office of Scholarly Communication along with SPARC Europe and Jisc hosted the Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management conference at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. The conference brought together those working in scholarly communications, librarians and researchers to share fresh ideas and good practices for creating and promoting effective research data practices.

The conference was attended by around 100 delegates and watched live online by over 50 individuals. Full recordings of all the talks are available via the Cambridge University Library YouTube channel (see links below) and the slides are available on Apollo, the University of Cambridge repository. The conference was kindly supported by the Wellcome Trust, Datacite, Copernicus and Arcadia. As a result of this conference the first RDM Engagment Award was created.

As well as watching the recordings of the event you can find out more on Twitter via #EngageRDM, the Storify composed by @Kiminthelibrary or by reading blogs about the event:


Conference programme

Part I: Case studies from academic institutions

Lightning talks session 1

Tools for better data

Data Management in life sciences (and beyond)


Part II: Researchers' perspectives

Focus group sessions (no recordings made)

Lightning talks session 2

Incentivising good data management

Disciplinary approaches to data management


Part III: Working together to increase engagement


RDM Engagement Award

Cambridge University together with SPARC Europe and Jisc are pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Data Management Engagement Award, a competition formed to spark new ideas for how to engage researchers in good data management. The winning entry, submitted by Nick Sheppard of Leeds University Library, is titled Manage it locally to share it globally: RDM and Wikimedia Commons; it involves linking Research Data with the Wikimedia suite of tools via editathons involving several universities.

Full detail of the competition, including all the applications and the reviewers assessments are available to read online at