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Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research

Microsoft Research Connections and UKOLN Informatics are working in partnership on an exciting new project to develop a Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research, building upon the principles described in The Fourth Paradigm.


The ultimate aim is to provide a framework that is useful for researchers and funders in modelling a range of disciplinary and community behaviours with respect to the adoption, usage, development and exploitation of cyber-infrastructure for data-intensive research.

During 2011-2012, the project held five workshops in the UK, the US, Sweden and Australia, refining the model at each stage with input from the community.  Further consultation was held through mini case studies. Work is continuing in 2013 with further workshops held in January (Amsterdam) and at the RDA 2nd Plenary Meeting in September (Washington DC) while additional workshops are planned for 2014.  Detailed information relating to each workshop can be found on the workshops page.

A conference paper provides an introduction to the model, while additional context and background information can be found in a white paper Eight capability factors (collaboration, skills & training, openness, technical infrastructure, common practices, economic & business, legal & ethical and research culture) are described and visualised in the diagram below.

The CCMF Profile Tool