Freedom of Information and HE researchers - third in a series of regional workshops

Added by Stephane Goldstein on 13 April 2011 16:45

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 10:00 - 16:00

Location: University of Strathclyde

This was the third and last in a series of three regional workshops aimed at exploring the implications of Freedom of Information legislation for Higher Education researchers in the UK. The event was organised by RIN with the support of JISC, JISC Legal, the Scottish Information Commissioner, The National Archives, the UK Data Archive and the Information & Records Management Society, along with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Further details about the rationale and scope of these workshop can be found here.

The programme and the presentations made on the day are attached below. The meeting provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions about a range of relevant concerns, including:

  • the types of information that researchers may or may not be willing to release, and how this relates to notions of ‘ownership’ of information and data;
  • the place of FoI in the context of research ethics and governance;
  • the potential importance of guidance and training for researchers to promote greater familiarity with the implications of FoI;
  • the extent to which FoI might constitute a deterrent to certain types of research;
  • the specifics of Scottish FoI legislation with regards to research programmes and intention to publish.

A report has been drawn up to summarise the discussions from the three events. This will provide an evidence base that will help to identify what might be appropriate to inform and support HE researchers in their approach to FoI, for instance training material, guidance, case studies… We will set out proposed courses of action in due course on the website.

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