The 'MaDAM Pilot data management infrastructure for biomedical researchers at University of Manchester' project was funded under the Infrastructure strand of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme between October 2009 and June 2010, with an additional University of Manchester contribution in equipment budget and staff support. The software we have produced will be maintained, at least for the time being, by the Manchester eScholar Support Team in University of Manchester Library. You can also find out more about the other project outputs.
The JISC funded successor project MiSS (MaDAM [Manchester Data Management] into Sustainable Service) will be building on the MaDAM pilot and findings between October 2011 and March 2013.
MaDAM aimed at producing a technical and governance solution based on researchers' requirements with flexibility to meet needs across multiple research groups/disciplines and taking into account the institutional landscape and its policies.
This encompassed data capture, data storage and data curation, and was designed to add value both to the full lifecycle of research projects and also by making data readily available for reuse.
The pilot was focusing on a specific domain area (Life and Medical Sciences) as input to a wider strategic activity to address the needs of the whole of the University research community.
User engagement in the MaDAM project focused on an iterative user-driven/bottom-up development process together with collecting non-technical requirements.
The project had the following objectives:
- Develop a day-to-day pilot data management infrastructure along researchers' data lifecycle & actual work practice
- Engage and work closely with the pilot user groups to ensure the infrastructure is fit for purpose
- Investigate how research data management services and infrastructure may be embedded within research practices and institutional settings
- Develop a data management plan and investigate activities to ensure the sustainability of service provision, including a cost-benefit analysis
Project Partners at the University of Manchester
- The University of Manchester Library - project lead; development; eScholar integration
- Research Computing (supported by IT Services for Research) - development; integration of DMP, policies and governance data
- Manchester eResearch Centre (MeRC) - project management; user engagement, requirements gathering and evaluation