ESRC launches opportunity to inform data infrastructure strategy

3 Aug 2021 11:56 AM

A stakeholder engagement exercise is being launched by the Economic and Social Research Council to gather views to help shape its data infrastructure strategy.

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds a portfolio of data infrastructures that has developed since the inception of the council.

These infrastructures include data collections and services which are used for public benefit by:

What ESRC’s strategy will do

The council now intends to launch a new data infrastructure strategy in 2022.

This will guide the future development of ESRC’s investment in data infrastructure.

Among other adaptations, it will:

Opportunity to engage and influence

The stakeholder engagement exercise will gather inputs that will inform the development of the data infrastructure strategy by:

ESRC welcomes contributions from interested parties via email between 2 August and 10 September.

Read about the data infrastructure strategy and how to comment (ESRC).

Advancing our understanding

Professor Alison Park, ESRC Interim Executive Chair said:

ESRC supports a suite of research data infrastructures which advance understanding of people, organisations and the world around us.

Examples include our world-leading longitudinal studies and resources that help researchers access data.

ESRC’s new data infrastructure strategy will reflect our vision of what social science data infrastructure needs to look like in the future, ensuring it takes account of changing societal issues, technological change and shifting researcher needs.

We welcome input to inform this work.

Social science data infrastructure system

ESRC is the main public funder of social science data infrastructure in the UK, providing over £200 million investment over the last five years.

These data infrastructures include data collections, and the facilities and services which enable them to be fully, ethically and safely used to achieve excellence in research and innovation within ESRC’s remit.

Find out more about the stakeholder engagement exercise (ESRC).

Further information

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