I joined Research Data Scotland to help with some information governance matters. In particular, my role is to improve the way decisions are made so that more research projects can get underway more quickly. It should be simple, but the whole business of preparing anonymised datasets for scientific researchers to use can get complicated if we let it.
A typical workday for me is spent in discussions with our partners to simplify, clarify, and build the steps we must take to improve research use of Scotland's excellent data. My day is spent exploring how best to get this lovely outcome that is so important for informing policy that can improve peoples’ lives.
What’s your background and how does it give you additional insight to your work at RDS?
I had some wonderful roles at the Office for National Statistics, starting off with data validation work for the 2001 Census, then leading Legal Services, International Relations, and Knowledge and Information Management. I left ONS to spend time in Norway setting up the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Europe's social science data archive and safe haven infrastructure.
Returning home again, I worked for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to help set up ADR UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic I set up the data governance for the Joint Biosecurity Centre. Each one of these roles is proving to be useful in some way for my work at RDS.