What does the Freedom of Information Act mean for Research?

16 February 2011, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH Seminar Room

Professor Mike Baillie (Queen's University Belfast), Dr Michael Kandiah (King's College, London) and Dr Kirsty Allen (FoI Officer, University of Cambridge) speak at a seminar organised by the Incremental project and the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

About the seminar

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) has transformed the public's right of access to information held by Government and publicly-funded bodies. The Act brings benefits to many researchers through the easier flow of information, but recent cases where FOI requests have led to researchers at UEA and Queen's University Belfast having to release raw research data into the public domain shows the challenges this legislation poses.

Professor Mike Baillie (Queen's University Belfast) will speak about his experience with an Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ruling that required him to release un-published tree ring data.

Dr Michael Kandiah (King's College London) will give a historian's perspective on how researchers can use FOI to collect data for their research. 

Chris Rusbridge, (JISC, former Director of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC)) will chair the seminar, and will discuss FOI and EIR exemptions and exceptions to FOI requests on research data.

Dr Kirsty Allen (Cambridge FOI officer) will be on hand to explain FOI policy, procedures, and experiences at the University of Cambridge.

Please note we will be filming the seminar. If you do not wish to appear in the film or your remarks in the discussion to be recorded please let us know.

The Incremental project is a collaboration between the Cambridge University Library and Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. The project is a first step in improving and facilitating the day-to-day and long-term management of research data in higher education institutions (HEI’s).

The Cambridge Digital Humanities Network connects researchers at the University of Cambridge and beyond who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. 

To reserve a place at the seminar and for more information about the Incremental project, please contact Catharine Ward (cw330 [at] cam.ac.uk).

For more information about the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, please contact Anne Alexander (raa43 [at] cam.ac.uk).