Research Projects


Open-Access Mega-Journals and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Open-access ‘mega-journals’ are an emerging publishing trend which has the potential to reshape the way Open Access Mega Journals logoresearchers share their findings, remoulding the academic publishing market and radically changing the nature and reach of scholarship. Some people have claimed that they represent the future of scholarly communication. This project investigating the role of mega-journals in the academic community and beyond is a collaboration between University of Sheffield and Loughborough University.

Wicked Ways in Research Data Management

The aim of the Wicked ways project is to bring together a network of partners involved in tackling the "wicked" Research Data ManagementLFHE (RDM) problem in different institutions and through an iterative, reflective and participative process construct an open educational resource about leadership in wicked problem contexts. This resource will be freely available to the wider UK HEI community and help promote the understanding of the wicked problem concept.

A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing

This two and a half year trans-disciplinary project is funded by the ESRC Emoticon (Empathy and Trust in Communicating Online) call. The Shared Space logoproject involves the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Lincoln, Nottingham, and Kings College London. The aim of the project is to develop a better understanding of how people in extreme circumstances (ranging from dangerous and addictive drug use, life-threatening illness, to suicidal ideation and natural disasters) share information, emotion and resources in online environments.

The Secret Life of a Weather Datum

Our research project aims to pilot a new approach for better understanding and communicating how socio-cultural values and practices areAHRC articulated in the transformation of weather data on its journey from production through to various contexts of ‘big data’ collation, distribution and re-use; and, how these socio-cultural values and practices themselves transform as they interact with the data at various moments over the course of its journey.

N8 Biohub Information and Knowledge Management System

The aim of this project is to build, and demonstrate the value of, an information system (IS) to support the creation of a "Bio-Hub". The IS will TSBdemonstrate how functional ingredients from simple transformations of sustainable plant and waste feedstocks can be identified more quickly and recommend the best feedstocks for a particular function.

Project partners are Unilever, British Sugar plc, Croda Ltd, Cybula Ltd and University of Manchester.

Cultural Values of Digging

Activities around digging have become massively popular again in recent years, including in the attention they have received from culturalAHRC institutions. Many cultural institutions have in recent years recreated wartime (allotment) gardens to highlight a range of different issues and values. Such exhibitions and events, organized during a time of renewed austerity measures, increased concerns around food and the environment, draw obvious parallels to the contemporary moment, offering possibilities to rethink our own values. This project seeks to better understand the myriad of different ways in which issues around digging have reemerged in recent years, to analyse, understand and measure these by looking at how they have been expressed and mobilized by different people and actors. This can be expressed as actual digging and linked to food production, as more symbolic digging, as performance and event, digging up local histories, or as new forms of gift giving.

PROMISE: Participative Research labOratory for Multimedia and Multilingual Information Systems Evaluation

Large-scale worldwide experimental evaluations provide fundamental contributions to the advancement of state-of-the-art techniquesEU logo through common evaluation procedures, regular and systematic evaluation cycles, comparison and benchmarking of the adopted approaches, and spreading of knowledge. In the process, vast amounts of experimental data are generated that beg for analysis tools to enable interpretation and thereby facilitate scientific and technological progress.

PATHS: Personalised Access to Cultural Heritage Spaces

The vision of the PATHS project is to enable: personalised paths through digital library collections; offer suggestions about items to look at and EU logoassist in their interpretation; and support the user in knowledge discovery and exploration. We aim to make it easy for users to explore cultural heritage material by taking them along a trial, or pathway, created by experts, by themselves or by other users.


RDMRose was a JISC-funded project to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data JISC logoManagement (RDM) tailored for Information professionals.

RDMRose brought together the UK’s leading Information School with a practitioner community based on the White Rose University Consortium’s libraries at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Understanding the Annotation Process: Annotation for Big Data

Data is being collected and created at the fastest rate in human history; by the far the vast majority of this is in digital format. Allied with this,AHRC what was previously "offline" information can now be digitised quickly and cheaply e.g. old manuscripts, maps etc. This vast collection of existing and new information creates new opportunities and also difficulties. For a lot of this information to be useful it must be categorised and annotated in some way, so that sense can be made of the data and also so that the correct data can be accessed more easily.  In this innovative project we aim to gain a better understanding of this annotation process so that we can provide guidelines, approaches and processes for providing the most cost effective and accurate annotations for data sets.

Research data management and libraries international survey

This research project investigates how academic and research libraries are supporting the management of research data in their institutions and how are they planning to develop services in the future.


The Lis-Bibliometrics Forum has commissioned the development of a set of bibliometric competencies. The work, sponsored by a small research grant from Elsevier Research Intelligence Division, is being led by Dr Andrew Cox at the University of Sheffield, and Sabrina Petersohn of the Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. The aim of the competency statements is to ensure that bibliometric practitioners are equipped to do their work responsibly and well.