A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres.
This report brings together the findings of a series of independent investigations into the value and impact of three very different, long-established UK research data centres: the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC).
It explores the benefits that users of data centres enjoy, and attempts to assign measurable value to them. It goes on to reflect on how value and impact can best be monitored and analysed in future, as the services develop, and it makes a series of recommendations.
These include the need to maintain support for data centres, and to standardise usage statistics so that it is easier to compare and contrast services, and learn from the experiences of the strongest performers.
It also recommends further work to identify and evaluate the wider benefits to society and the UK economy that are becoming evident as data centres grow and mature.
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