Research Data Management as a Service – Progressing to Solution Selection

Research Data Management as a Service is a joint project between Digital Research Services (DRS) and The Library, which aims to:

  • Increase discoverability and accessibility of Flinders research data assets associated with Flinders world class research
  • Improve the management of research data assets associated with Flinders research
  • Review the current research data management policy framework at Flinders with advice and recommendations for change to the DVCR
  • Capture institutional value from Flinders research data assets.

In quarter 2 of 2021, the project has spent time

  • Reviewing  requirements for managing the research data management lifecycle.
  • Investigating best practice research data management services and solutions at other Australian universities.
  • Performing an internal and external market scan for potential solutions. As result of this scan, a decision was made by the project to go to tender through a competitive process as no internal solution was deemed suitable.

The tender plan was endorsed by Procurement in July 2020. Tender documentation will be issued in late July with supplier responses expected by end of August. Evaluations and supplier demonstrations are planned for September with a final decision to be made in October 2020.

Concurrently to the tender activities, the project team is also working on

  • Documenting the current RDM process
  • Developing key stakeholder personas
  • Scheduling interviews with researchers regarding their RDM experiences and insights
  • Reviewing Flinders policies relating to research data and making recommendations for change



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