about Data Futures

The Data Futures project is a consortium of institutions and publishers including Aix-Marseille, Basel, Heidelberg, Lyon and Princeton universities and Merve Verlag GmbH. It is based in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster, London.

Established at the beginning of 2012 to focus on factors affecting long-term accessibility of research data, and in particular on growing recognition of the need to capture broader research investment than is possible using 'core' metadata standards, the project comprises a multi-disciplinary team of software engineers and subject-based theorists.

Data Futures freizo migration platform enables digital collections to be made portable and re-delivered using contemporary technologies instead of accreting maintenance liabilities and ultimately risking loss as funding priorities change and institutions mutate. Its services to third parties include assessment of long-term vulnerabilities of research data, transformation of projects to portable formats and change management to address the wider horizon of institutional logic and other dispositives affecting sustainability.

The Data Futures project is managed by a board of senior contributors drawn from the consortium's member organizations: