NEWS12 November 2020

New network aims to improve research practices

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UK – Education and research organisation Jisc has launched an interdisciplinary digital research community to explore how technology can be used to improve current research practices.


Jisc aims is to bring together individuals from different disciplines and geographical locations to assess how technology solutions can support research and share good practice.

The group is open to researchers, research leaders, developers, software engineers, and library and IT staff.

Helen Clare, senior e-infrastructure strategy manager at Jisc, who is leading the group, said: “Policy and technology are both changing so quickly that bringing together the community is the most effective way to respond to these changes, learn from one another and influence the research agenda. We’ll be bringing together different parts of the research community to share and show best practice to shape the future of research.”  

Anne Boddington, visiting professor at Birmingham City University, said: “I’m particularly interested in how we can best create equitable access and agree the core competencies for researchers including those that are currently not recognised and rewarded but that may support a more generous inclusive research sector.”  

The community will meet quarterly online, starting in December.