First ever Data Management Engagement Award winner named

14th May 2018News, Open Data

Cambridge University together with SPARC Europe and Jisc are pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Data Management Engagement Award, a competition formed to spark new ideas for how to engage researchers in good data management. The winning entry, submitted by Nick Sheppard of Leeds University Library, is titled Manage it locally to share it globally: RDM and Wikimedia Commons; it involves linking research data with the Wikimedia suite of tools via editathons involving several universities.

Mr. Sheppard will receive £1750 to implement the project over the next 12 months. Central to the project: an editathon, an event to bring high profile researchers together to edit Wikipedia and contribute to Wikimedia. The aim is to add new research content resulting in increased access to a range of data, and to provide training on how to use the platform. The event will be hosted by the Research Hub at the University of Leeds. The one-day event will involve three universities and will focus on research data — incorporating the data into Wikipedia with a properly formatted citation so that they are also picked up by Altmetric.

The competition drew a wide range of promising entries from applicants at institutions in Australia, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. In the spirit of Open, and in an effort to inspire others to join efforts to encourage good RDM practices, the entries, together with the reviewer comments, have been posted online at We encourage you to get in touch with entrants to find out more about their ideas.

The review team was comprised of members of the research and scholarly communications communities. The three organisers of the event plan to report on learnings from the upcoming Wikimedia RDM editathon.

The competition is an offshoot of the Jisc, SPARC Europe and Cambridge University Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management Conference that took place at the University of Cambridge in November 2017.