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Data Information Specialists Committee UK



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DISC-UK has recently carried out a JISC repository enhancement project (March 2007 - July 2009) to explore new pathways to assist academics wishing to share their data over the Internet. With three institutions taking part – the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford and Southampton – a range of exemplars have emerged from the establishment of institutional data repositories and related services.

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DISC-UK (Data Information Specialists Committee - United Kingdom) is a forum for data professionals working in UK Higher Education who specialise in supporting their institution's staff and students in the use of numeric and geo-spatial data. They met for the first time at the London School of Economics in February 2004.

The aims of DISC-UK are as follows:-

  1. Foster understanding between data users and providers
  2. Raise awareness of the value of data support in Universities
  3. Share information and resources among local data support staff

The founding members - five data professionals from Oxford, Edinburgh, and LSE - invite others performing similar roles in their universities to join, though they may not work in dedicated data libraries.

We are also members of IASSIST, which is a larger international organisation similar to that of DISC-UK. It consists of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.

DISC-UK welcomes new contacts - please email: disc-uk@ed.ac.uk

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