The Research management programme aims to improve how the scholarly record is created and used.

Digital infrastructure: Research management programme

The Research management programme aims to improve how the scholarly record is created and used. Traditionally, the scholarly record has focused on research outputs such as books, papers and, increasingly, data. However, it is important to have this information linked to details about how the research was done and by whom, so that those who manage parts of the research process - universities, research funders, publishers and researchers themselves – can use it effectively.

The range of things to be described by the scholarly record, and their relationships to each other, is expanding rapidly, largely due to the opportunities afforded by new technologies. For example:

  • the quantity, complexity and importance of data in many disciplines are increasing;
  • researchers are communicating using new web technologies as well as traditional publishing outlets; 
  • the move towards open access to research publications, bibliographic data, citation data, research data, software, and educational resources; 
  • funders are developing new funding instruments that cross disciplinary, institutional and sector boundaries and require much better information on research activities, outputs and impact  for effective planning.
Policy also affects work in this area:
  • The UK and other governments are focusing on the impact of research and on measures to ensure that the public science base can be exploited for wealth creation and the public good.
  • The implications for research of Freedom of Information, Data Protection and other legislative frameworks are now better understood. 
  • There is increasing concern that public funds and activities are transparent and seen to represent value for money.

The JISC Research management programme is responding to these changes by supporting the development of more efficient and effective systems and practices for managing research activity and outputs.  

Three programme strands

The programme will focus on three strongly related areas of immediate and pressing concern to institutions:

It will deliver JISC’s three aims for the digital infrastructure: service infrastructure; improved and fit-for-purpose technologies, policies and approaches; and change through developing shared understanding (see table).  

We are also working closely with other programmes that are addressing the scholarly record in different ways, for example, the Research support programme, the Information and library infrastructure programme, and cross-sector initiatives such as the Open Access Implementation Group.

Expected achievements

The Research management programme aims to improve the creation and use of the scholarly record, resulting in UK universities' contribution being more: 

  • complete: more details about more research and scholarship will be documented more fully
  • authoritative: the details will be more valid (accurate) and reliable (consistent)
  • available: more of the information will be available openly or, where that is not possible, then appropriately for HEIs
  • and sustainable: more of the information will be provided in ways, and by organizations, that have the means, motivation and opportunity to do so into the long term; part of this is improving the efficiency with which it is achieved.


  • DrNeil Jacobs, Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure

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