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Shaping future research environments: Digital challenges and opportunities

A presentation by Victoria Moody from our 'shaping future research environments' event on 15 December 2020.

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Shaping future research environments: Digital challenges and opportunities

  1. 1. Shaping future research environments: Digital challenges and opportunities 15 December 2020
  2. 2. Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy Dr Victoria Moody, Research strategy lead
  3. 3. 3 Highlights over the last year Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy
  4. 4. Vision: Jisc is recognised as a major provider of research infrastructure and services and a trusted partner in, and an authority on, the use of technology to support research
  5. 5. Context and priorities for UK research Validated by researchers and research leaders, our activity will be underpinned, informed by and respond to these priorities: • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion • Excellence and impact • Expertise needed and developed by research sector • Financial sustainability • Integrity and ethics • International • Knowledge exchange • Organisational strategy and culture • Place and culture • Reducing bureaucracy 5 Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy
  6. 6. From our engagement “Adoption of technologies depends on role models … There is a need to surface and showcase innovation to encourage adoption, but this is currently missing.” “....perhaps there is a need for thought around workflows and improved processes. There could be an opportunity for advocacy and influence at a senior level.” “Researchers are working with data that is complex, distributed, in different formats ... There are potential issues in gathering and retrieving these data to validate and reproduce research. How do we capture the processes and the associated metadata?” “Covid-19 has highlighted issues around reliance on being present in the lab. Are there ways to use new technology to automate processes and operate remotely? There are already examples of where this is happening” “…across the breadth of the institution, there are people in every discipline wondering how they can make use of new tech. Understanding potential is a barrier and this makes it difficult to get over the first hurdle. .” 6 Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy
  7. 7. Where is Jisc best placed to support research? Our engagement with the sector has identified 7 emerging themes for Jisc to mobilise around: • Supporting a new national data infrastructure for research • Recording the UK’s ‘research estate’ in support of a UK wide distributed research capability • Research information and analytics - understanding systems, resources and decision-making • Rapid innovation in research integrity and ethics, knowledge exchange and impact 7 Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy
  8. 8. Where is Jisc best placed to support research? Our engagement with the sector has identified 7 emerging themes for Jisc to mobilise around: • Discovery and applied research; supporting its commercialisation and deployment • Accelerating the achievement, delivery and monitoring of the journey to open access and open research • Research 4.0 and realising the ‘art of the possible’ Jisc’s new draft research sector strategy8
  9. 9. Thank you To contribute please contact: victoria.moody@jisc.ac.uk

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