Clifford Lynch (CNI) points to a new report from JISC (the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee) that summarizes key finding from recent studies on research data services. The Value and Impact of Data Curation and Sharing: A Synthesis of Three Recent Studies of UK Research Data Centres [pdf] (Neal Beagrie and John Houghton) draws on studies of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC).
The press release states:
The data centre studies combined quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to quantify value in economic terms and present other, non-economic, impacts and benefits. Uniquely, the studies cover both users and depositors of data, and we believe the surveys of depositors undertaken are the first of their kind. All three studies show a similar pattern of findings, with data sharing via the data centres having a large measurable impact on research efficiency and on return on investment in the data and services.