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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Data Centres: their use, value and impact

We recently received a copy of a report published by the Research Information Network and JISC which provides an analysis of the usage and impact of a number of research data centres, representing a cross-section of research disciplines in the UK.

The report was described with the following text:

"The study aimed to understand how data centres are used by UK researchers, and to explore the services that they found particularly useful. It also sought to establish any wider benefits of research undertaken using data centre resources. It found that data centre usage is increasing, that researchers value the services offered by data centres very highly, and that some evidence exists that research based on data centre holdings has a wider social, economic or political impact.

"We hope that the report and its findings will stimulate new dialogue and new approaches to policy and practice across all stakeholders. Your views and feedback would be very welcome.

"We are hosting an event on Thursday 17 November 2011 from 5.30-8.30pm at the Wellcome Collection in Central London to discuss some of the issues that arise from the report. A panel of speakers will discuss the value proposition for research data centres, and consider the best way to communicate this value. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, and an opportunity to view the Wellcome Collection’s galleries. If you would like to know more about this event, or are interested in booking a place, please email"

Hard copies of the report can be requested from

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