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MRC Data Management Workshop

MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health

Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

MRC Data Management Workshop

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MRC Data Management Workshop

Focus on Metadata Standards (DDI & SDMX)

In collaboration with the Open Data Foundation


The proposed workshop would aim to bring together stakeholders from both medical research and social science communities to provide an opportunity for more detailed discussion of the emerging issues associated with research data management and reuse.

This workshop is designed to inform, provoke discussion and potentially help to shape MRC corporate support for data management.

Themed discussions

The following areas will be included in the forthcoming agenda:

  • The Research Environment (Funders and government agencies)
  • Information Standards for data & metadata sharing
  • Practical perspectives from healthcare and social science
  • Building an MRC data management and health informatics network


This event is organised by the MRC Data Managers Group and funded by the MRC. It is hoped that this will form the first of a programme of events that will be designed to support the needs of the MRC data management  and informatics communities.


9.00 - 10:00

Coffee & Registration

Setting the scene
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome

Peter Dukes, MRC Head Office

10:15 - 11:15 Metadata standards and the Open Data Foundation

Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation

11:15 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:00 The SERPent project

Tito Castillo & Rachel Knowles, MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, UCL

12:00 - 12:30 Emplying DDI at the UK Data Archive - Now and Next

Jack Kneeshaw, UK Data Archive

12:30 - 13:00 The DDI Connection

Rob Grim, ODaF/Tilburg University

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 SDMX-HD

Patrick Whitaker, WHO

14:30 - 15:00

The Netherlands: Practical Perspectives from Healthcare and Social Science
Harm Wouter Snippe

15:00 - 15:15
Coffee break
15:15 - 15:55 Study Data - the Research Life-cycle

Adam Dickinson, Senior Data Manager, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge

15:55 - 16:25 Data Sharing with the National Survey of Health and Development

Phil Curran, Head of Data Services, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, London

16:25 - 16:55 Combining instrumentation and surveys (MIDUS Project)

Barry Radler, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

16:55 - 17:10 Closing discussion
17:10 - 18:30 Drinks reception


Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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