Action Theme 2 helps promote active and effective data management and stewardship in all Belmont Forum funded research, and works to enable harmonization of e-infrastructures through enhanced project data planning, monitoring, review and sharing.
The primary goal for this Action Theme is to develop a coordinated approach to long term data management for use in Belmont Forum funded research. The work products are incremental, starting with developing a data management section for all potential Belmont Forum projects and possibly generating a Data Management Plan that will cover the management of data, connection of the data to associated context, facilitating the discoverability of the data, and ensuring that the data is capable of reuse/exploitation. The Data Planning Action Theme also explores issues associated with budgeting and the cost of long-term data management, identification of key repositories, and the establishment of metrics and review mechanisms.
In March 2017, a Data Planning Template was released to encourage consideration of data management questions by applicants to Belmont Forum funding opportunities. Questions from the template have been incorporated into all Belmont Forum funding calls since the beginning of 2017. The template will continue to be updated and refined.
This Action Theme also convenes and participate in working groups regarding key issues associated with data management. Current issues include security and legal issues and publishing issues. A data publishers’ workshop was convened on 23 May in London, England.
Action Theme 2 Leadership
All actions within this theme are supported by a Data Information Officer (DIO). Carrie Seltzer, NSF Fellow, acts as the e-I&DM Data Information Officer and works in conjunction with Data Planning Champion Sarah Callaghan and Data Planning Liaison Mark Thorley.