The Illinois Research Data Initiative seeks to:
- Raise awareness among faculty, research staff, students, and administrators of issues related to research data management practices, curation of data for long term access and use, and the sharing of research data;
- Provide forums for discussion of discipline specific issues related to research data;
- Understand the needs across campus for infrastructure and services related to research data support and where gaps exist; and
- Work with units across campus to build the infrastructure and services to fill gaps and provide a base level of service for the stewardship of research data produced on campus.
The Illinois Research Data Initiative has been launched as a direct result of the Chancellor’s Next Steps Letter in response to the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois IT (SEI-IT) Project Team report. It is coordinated by the campus level Data Stewardship Committee (see http://blogs.cites.illinois.edu/datasteward/who-we-are/).