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The Data Audit Framework: a toolkit to identify research assets and improve data management in research led institutions

By Sarah Jones, Seamus Ross and Raivo Ruusalepp


Although vast quantities of data are being created within higher education, few institutions have formal strategies in place for curating these research outputs in the longterm. Moreover there appears to be a lack of awareness as to exactly what data are held and whether they are being managed. In response to these concerns the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) issued a call for proposals to develop and implement a Data Audit Framework suited to the needs of the UK higher education research communities. The Data Audit Framework (DAF) Development project was funded to produce an audit methodology, online toolkit, and a registry. Four additional implementation projects were funded to test the toolkit and promote its uptake. This paper outlines the audit methodology, introduces the online toolkit, and provides feedback on implementing the Data Audit Framework.

Topics: V Tools, N Data Life Cycle, U Policies, Strategies and Guidelines, BA Archiving, P Curation Issues, CA Policies and policy development, KC Planning, BE Roles and responsibilities, BF Selection
Year: 2008
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