Introducing the Gateway to Research

Catherine Coates, Director of Business Innovation at EPSRC and the SRO for the Gateway to Research project, introduces the project and explains why the Gateway is important –

The UK’s Research Councils host a significant quantity of data which provides information on the research and training that they support, as well as the outcomes of that research. This is of huge potential interest and value to business and many other organisations, particularly universities that already make similar data publically available. The Research Councils together are determined to play their part in making the data we hold freely and easily available for others to use as they see fit, including seeding collaborations and helping interested parties to find out who, what and where knowledge sits to enable them to make contact with people who can help them.

With the Gateway to Research project, we envisage an integrated Research Council data set that enables data sharing across the government, private and university sectors.

For example, although currently our data is in the public domain, accessible through our websites, it isn’t easy to navigate what seven Councils hold when using seven different websites!

So we want to create a smart way to make that easy, with common data standards and interoperability, so anyone can access it and use it as they see fit. This is the Gateway to Research concept. Not a controlling gateway but an open door!

We aim to produce an integrated data depositing and harvesting experience for universities and other stakeholders.

We need your help in making this happen. We will use this blog to engage with interested parties regarding the platforms, technologies and data formats that we will be delivering. Help us to deliver the functionality and user experience that will enable you to use our data.

This blog will be updated as often as is practical when there is new information to share. Realistically this will be once a week at most. We will, however, endeavour to engage with questions on a more frequent basis.