Research digital skills training 2021
Data maturity project in High-Value Nutrition, National Science Challenge
Dr Dharani Sontam, Yvette Wharton, and Prof. Mark Gahegan, Centre for eResearch; Dr Simmon Hofstetter, Prof. Richard Mithen, and Joanne Todd, High Value Nutrition, National Science Challenge.
About High Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga
High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga (HVN) is a New Zealand National Science Challenge with the vision to grow New Zealand food and beverage export revenue through international leadership in the science of food and health relationships. It is one of 11 national science challenges established in 2014 by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) to tackle New Zealand’s biggest issues and opportunities. The Challenge’s vision will be achieved through building multi-disciplinary teams to create new platforms, capability and collaborations. A fully integrated programme with a shared conceptual and practical approach is central to HVN’s science strategy. In 2019, the Challenge entered its second phase, which is planned to run to 2024.
Drivers for data maturity
The success of HVN in Tranche two and beyond is reliant on an effective data management strategy. As such, HVN approached the Centre for eResearch (CeR) at the University of Auckland in May 2019 to run a data management planning and maturity modelling workshop for the extended science leadership team (SLT). The leadership team identified the need for improving the maturity level within HVN to fully enable the success of HVN strategy. Following the workshop, the Challenge engaged CeR to support the development and implementation of a data management maturity analysis and prioritised roadmap. A dedicated data management consultant was recruited for the project.
A situational analysis was undertaken of the existing data collection and management practices of the research teams and their host organisations for HVN. The situation analysis included a desktop review, data maturity survey, an online research data management survey and follow-up in-depth interviews with researchers and research support staff. Data gathered from the surveys and interviews was used to map the current maturity level within HVN using the data maturity model (DMM) framework.
We identified areas of opportunities that could be targeted to realise the level of data integration envisaged in the Challenge strategy documents. Our findings were presented to the directorate. Their feedback and data goals for the Challenge were incorporated into the design of three options – minimal, optimal and ambitious, that outline a series of steps to transform RDM practices in the Challenge. The options were designed to be incremental in scope with the “ambitious” option requiring the greatest time, effort and funding but also delivering the most comprehensive roadmap to achieve the desired data maturity. We proposed that a balanced approach that keeps in mind the significant time and effort that an endeavor such as this requires, and at the same time delivers key Challenge data goals.
We are streamlining RDM processes starting with one priority research programme (PRP) within HVN. This PRP will be utilised as a pilot group to introduce and standardise RDM. Successful processes will then be extended to other PRPs in an iterative manner. We also aim to outline further steps in HVN’s research data management and the data maturity roadmap for the Challenge that enables it to achieve its data goals for tranche two.