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The Research Data Management Facility (RDMF) is part of the Office of Scholarly Communication. Its activities are overseen and guided by a number of groups and sub-groups.

The Open Access Project Board

The Open Access Project Board was originally set up in order to manage the creation of the University's Open Access Service but their remit has been extended to cover all the activities of the Office of Scholarly Communication. Items that need senior approval or input are refered to the Open Access Board, who may then refer the matter to their governing board the Research Policy Committee.

The Research Data Management Project Group

The Research Data Management Project Group is comprised of various members of the University who have an active interest in research data management. The members are researchers, librarians, IT staff, and administrators with particular focus on data within their department. The membership of the group is voluntary. The membership of this group has been designed so that the RDMF can benefit from the opinions and experiences of individuals who work on a daily basis with research data and/or researchers.

The group is consulted on the long-term planned activities of the RDMF and asked to help improve the services of the RDMF by identifying needs and service provision gaps.

Members of the Project Group each contribute to a Working Group, which looks at specific issues in detail:

Outreach and Support Working Group

This group looks at the training materials and outreach activities that are used to promote the Research Data Management Facility. The group also provide guidance and support for the running of the Data Champion programme. The group is chaired by Georgina Cronin and Clair Castle.

Sensitive Data Working Group

The group is exploring the issues around working with and sharing sensitive data at the Univeristy of Cambridge. The group is chaired by Agustina Martínez García.

Systems, Standards and Integration Working Group

The group would like to explore and address the key issues that different groups within the University are currently facing in terms of metadata standards (discipline-based) for Research Data Management (RDM) and current research systems in use. This group is charied by Peter Sutton-Long.

Preservation Working Group

The Preservation Working Group investigates ways of sourcing valuable digital research outputs (e.g. articles and related data), getting those resources under control and then maintaining their usefulness for as long as necessary. (Defining what is meant by “as long as necessary” is obviously part of this work…). This group is chaired by Dave Gerrard.


Our governance can be summed up by the diagram below:

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