DISC-UK has recently carried out a JISC repository enhancement project (March 2007 - July 2009) to explore new pathways to assist academics wishing to share their data over the Internet. With three institutions taking part – the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford and Southampton – a range of exemplars have emerged from the establishment of institutional data repositories and related services.
View project home page.
DISC-UK (Data Information Specialists Committee - United Kingdom) is a forum for data professionals working in UK Higher Education who specialise in supporting their institution's staff and students in the use of numeric and geo-spatial data. They met for the first time at the London School of Economics in February 2004.
The aims of DISC-UK are as follows:-
- Foster understanding between data users and providers
- Raise awareness of the value of data support in Universities
- Share information and resources among local data support staff
The founding members - five data professionals from Oxford, Edinburgh, and LSE - invite others performing similar roles in their universities to join, though they may not work in dedicated data libraries.
We are also members of IASSIST,
which is a larger international organisation similar to that
of DISC-UK. It consists of professionals working in and with
information technology and data services to support research
and teaching in the social sciences.
DISC-UK welcomes new contacts - please email: email@example.com