May 17, 2022

New Report: “A Surfboard for Riding the Wave – Towards a Four Country Action Programme on Research Data”

From the Knowledge Exchange:

The report not only offers an overview of the present activities and challenges in the field of research data in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom but also outlines an action programme for the four countries in realising a collaborative data infrastructure. This report is a response to the Riding the Wave report which was published by the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data. It was commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange* Primary Research Data Working group and was written by Leo Waaijers and Maurits van der Graaff.

In the report four key drivers are addressed: incentives for researchers, training in relation to researchers in their role as data producers and users of information infrastructure, organisational and technical infrastructure and, finally, the funding of the infrastructure. The report offers recommendations for actions in each of these fields for the partners and others, not only in the four partner countries, but also beyond these borders.

Based on the overview of the present situation in the four Knowledge Exchange partner countries, the report formulates three long-term strategic goals:

1. Data sharing will be part of the academic culture
2. Data logistics will be an integral component of academic professional life
3. Data infrastructure will be sound, both operationally and financially.

Access the Complete Report (40 pages; PDF)

* The Four Knowledge Exchange Partner Organisations are:

  • Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF) in Denmark
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany
  • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom
  • SURFfoundation in the Netherlands
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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.