This Report explores the roles, rights, responsibilities and relationships of institutions, data centres and other key stakeholders who work with data. It concentrates primarily on the UK scene with some reference to other relevant experience and opinion, and is framed as “a snapshot” of a relatively fast-moving field. It is strategically positioned to provide a bridge between the high-level RIN Framework of Principles and Guidelines for the stewardship of research data, and practitioner-focussed technical development work1 . For ease of crossreference, the number(s) of the relevant RIN Principle(s) are given against each of the recommendations1 . The Report is largely based on two methodological approaches: a consultation workshop and a number of semi-structured interviews with stakeholder representatives. It is set within the context of the burgeoning “data deluge” emanating from e-Science applications, increasing momentum behind open access policy drivers for data, and developments to define requirements for a co-ordinated e-infrastructure for the UK. The diversity and complexity of data are acknowledged, and developing typologies are referenced. The synthesis of the collated findings is presented in eight major categories: Co-ordination and Strategy, Policy and Planning, Practice, Technical Integration and Interoperability, Legal and Ethical Issues, Sustainability, Advocacy, and Training and Skills. The author suggests that the JISC and the wider stakeholder community need to focus their activities in these areas, and makes the following Recommendations. The ten Recommendations in bold below, are viewed as being of highest priority for JISC, institutions and research funding organisations.
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