About our project

Full iridium dissemination to Academic Units document is available to download.

The iridium project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and represents a collaboration between the University Research Office, the Digital Institute, the University Library, Information Systems & Services and MEDEV, School of Medical Sciences Education Development. It reports to URC on a regular basis and is monitored by a Steering Group consisting of the Directors of the project partners and chaired by Professor Tony Roskilly.

The project will make links with existing University services, initiatives and research such as the Research Data Warehouse Service, research outputs management, cloud data and shared services, digitisation projects and the Digital Campus.

The aim of iridium is to make recommendations for a complete holistic plan and infrastructure for research data management in the University, making data generated by research at the University both available and discoverable with effective curation throughout the full data lifecycle in consultation with the researchers who produce it. It should be noted that:

  • central to the project is the formulation policy and appropriate support for its implementation
  • information technology will likely play an important role in supporting compliance with newly developed policies, with a significant part of the project investigating the assessment of this
  • creation of new IT systems will not be an outcome of this project
  • it is not about reducing costs
  • it is emphatically not about the provision of research data storage space

The principal project outputs are:

  • an institutional research data management policy (as required by the funding councils)
  • a costed business case for a sustainable institution-wide research data management infrastructure to support that policy

How to get involved in the iridium project.


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The iridium project is funded from the 01 October 2011 to 30 June 2013 under the JISC Managing Research Data programme.