Exploring Research Data for the Arts & Humanities

A group of Leeds researchers and data specialists have been awarded funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council to explore the future of research data. Their project, Sustaining Practice Assets for Research, Knowledge, Learning and Engagement (SPARKLE), is investigating the need for a national infrastructure for the storage, discovery, access, analysis, and preservation of practical research outputs.

The interdisciplinary team of Tom Jackson (Media & Communication), Claire Knowles (Library Service) and Scott McLaughlin (Music) will be working over the coming months to identify ways in which data and outputs arising from practice-led research might be more effectively retained and made more widely available to researchers. This builds on the leading reputation of Leeds as a major site for multidisciplinary practice-led research, and our growing capacity and capability for large-scale and innovative research data management.