At the recent Digital Curation Centre Research Data Management Forum (RDMF9) a call was made for a culture change in institutional ICT support provision to focus more on the needs of researchers, especially in terms of assistance with Research Data Management (RDM) procedures.
The Research Computing Service has now published its Research Computing Strategy 2012-2015, which sees support for various aspects of RDM at the centre of service provision.
The Research Computing Strategy envisions the service as “providing innovative and advanced digital technologies and research computing services of nationally and internationally recognised quality and standards, which will facilitate research excellence at the University of St Andrews.” It defines five aims around the areas of (1) RDM, (2) service expansion, (3) service review, (4) leadership and collaboration, and (5) skills and knowledge. Aims (1), (2) and (3) were directly informed by the outcome of the institutional engagement project with the DCC earlier this year. Aim (1) focusses on assisting researchers in finding suitable active and long-term storage solutions. The implementation on aim (2) will see the current research computing service expanded to cover the needs of academics from across the University and to look at options to support unfunded research. The realisation on aim (3) will see the implementation of modified versions of the DAF and CARDIO methodologies into periodic service review procedures of the Research Computing Service.