Advanced Research Computing

Dr James A J Wilson

Dr James A J Wilson

Head of Research Data Services

ARC Research Data Group

UCL Centre for Advanced Research Computing

Joined UCL
4th Apr 2016

Research summary

As Head of Research Data in Advance Research Computing (ARC), I lead on the development and provision of IT services for research data management across UCL. We offer large-scale research data storage and sharing, the UCL Research Data Repository, and advice on the technical aspects of good data management. We will shortly be adding an institutional Electronic Research Notebook service. We also now look after the research applications that enables the university to manage information about publications - including the Research Publication Service, ePrints, and the Iris Profiles service.

We have recently begun to develop a new profession within UCL: Data Stewards / Consultants. As Head of Profession for data stewardship, I will be leading the recruitment and development of these research professionals and helping assign them to projects and services. Our data stewards will be available to help those working on research projects to advise on the development of data processing pipelines and ensure that the data produced by those projects is as FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) as possible. Data stewards can be costed into funded research projects as members of the project team, to work on the automation of data processing workflows and documentation. Please do get in touch if you would like to learn more.

Given these responsibilities, my research (when I have time for any) mostly considers how data management services and infrastructure relate to academic research more broadly and how such services can benefit researchers. I am particularly interested in Open Science and the benefits and risks of enabling access to non-traditional research outputs - such sa research datasets.

Once upon a time I studied English Literature, completing a doctorate on 18th-century British Poety. I have also worked in the digital humanities and been involved in projects concerned with improving data management across a range of disciplines, from four-dimensional heart modelling to scoping infrastructure for clinical trials.