Contact: Dr Aoife Coffey, Lead Investigator, Research Services, Boole Library, University College Cork,  

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Funding Call: 2022 Open Research Fund — Priority Actions

Targeted Action

Action 5.1.1: Establish a national data stewardship network across research performing organisations, funders, and related research support services and infrastructures to build national capacity and develop a collective voice and pool of expertise.


The National Data Stewardship Network project is a two-year project funded under the National Open Research Forum 2022 Open Research Fund. Data stewardship is a new and evolving skill set that is critical for the successful transition to an Open Research landscape. Data stewards are a key enablers of FAIR and Open Data helping to ensure data are high quality and its potential value is maximised. Data stewards can come from a range of backgrounds such as IT, research or librarianship, and can work on specific aspects of data curation and preservation or across the whole research lifecycle. This project aims to enable the development of data stewardship skills across the national research landscape by improving recognition across the research landscape for the need for data stewardship, professionalisation of the role of data steward and skills, and knowledge development throughout the emerging community. By developing these skills nationally we can ensure the curation, preservation and dissemination of our national data assets, and the continued growth and development of our Open Research landscape.

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