The UK Research Data Service Feasibility Study

Abstract

This UKRDS interim report is an early draft from the feasibility stage of the consultancy prepared for the UKRDS Steering Committee. It is intended as a working draft of the Feasibility Study report scheduled for completion in early August 2008. As such it reflects ongoing work and analysis and is subject to further changes and review. It has been produced to inform the steering committee of outcomes to date and solicit their feedback on key issues for the UKRDS feasibility study project.

The interim report includes an initial analysis of the survey carried out of some 700 researchers at the four case study sites (see Appendix A), regarding their current storage provision and future requirements.

Each case study site also provided information from their IT and Support Services regarding the services view of research funding and provision of data storage. From this, we have extracted some trends in the growth of data storage requirements and the planned provision to meet these requirements.

Please note information has been provided for the interim report by the case study sites and other third parties on the explicit understanding that it will be circulated to UKRDS Steering Committee members only. It is not for circulation to non-members and this is therefore a confidential and restricted report. A version of the feasibility study will be available in August for wider circulation

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