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This exercise is based on the 'Keeping Research Data Safe' series of reports.

Pick List of Popular Generic Examples of Benefits for you to use/ delete/add to/ modify and expand as needed to help populate your Benefits Framework

New research opportunities

Input for future research

Motivating new research 

New research funding

Increasing research productivity 

Stimulating new networks/collaborations

Knowledge transfer to other sectors

Commercialising research

Increasing skills base of researchers/
students/staff

Increasing economic growth

Verification of research/research integrity

Fulfilling organisational mandate(s)

Fulfil research grant obligations

Value to current researcher & students

Secure storage for data intensive research

Availability of data underpinning published findings
No loss of future research opportunities

Secures value to future researchers & students

Protecting returns on earlier investments

Lower future preservation costs

Planned management from an early stage in the research life-cycle is ultimately more
cost-effective than late intervention (providing proper selection of what to keep is done)

Re-purposing data for new audiences

Use by new audiences

Re-purposing methodologies

Scholarly communication/access to data

Long-term re-use of well curated data

Short-term re-use of well curated data

Adds value over time as collection grows and  develops critical mass

Increased visibility/citation

Person and institution

   
Benefits owner Rebecca Nielsen
Institution Bodleian Libraries

Dimension 1: What are the outcomes?

Direct Benefits Indirect benefits (eg. costs avoided)
New research opportunities / motivating new research / increasing research productivity / input for future research: Research is very important to the Bodleian as an academic library, so being able to provide materials for researchers to use is highly important.  No loss of future research opportunities: By collecting material now we ensure it is available in the future when researchers want access, saving money on costly restoration projects.
Stimulating new networks/collaborations: Our collections mean that we are able to work with other individuals and institutions with an interest in these collections, and our digital materials are a part of this.
Lower future preservation costs: Planned management from an early stage in the research life-cycle is ultimately more cost-effective than late intervention (providing proper selection of what to keep is done)
Knowledge transfer to other sectors: The broad range of our collections means that we hold a lot of information relevant to other sectors.
Re-purposing data for new audiences / Re-use of well curated data (Long-term and short-term): we can attract audiences to approach existing material in different ways at no extra cost as it is already there.
Commercialising research / Increasing economic growth: More (unique) materials to include in exhibitions / publications.
 
Verification of research/research integrity: Can demonstrate integrity of research by making material available.
 
Fulfilling organisational mandate(s): Bodleian already collects paper materials, digital materials are often part of these collections, or support these collections. Possible future addition of digital materials to legal deposit requirements.
 
Value to current researcher & students / Secures value to future researchers & students: Manuscripts and special collections valuable to current users, and will continue to be so in the future. Acting now means we can ensure our future value.
 
Adds value over time as collection grows and  develops critical mass: Larger collections more cost-effective to manage because of scaling of processes. Larger collections more widely known and easier to promote access to.
 
Increased visibility/citation: More materials = more potential users. Able to promote and be cited on a wider scale, making the institution more visible, and reinforcing our value as a centre of scholarly research.  
Scholarly communication/access to data: Able to make the data available to scholars and add to the academic conversation.
             

Dimension 2: When are the benefits received?

Near term benefits (up to 5 years) Long term benefits (5+ years)
New research opportunities / Increasing research productivity: Opportunities open up as soon as data is available, and this will carry through to a long term benefit as people continue to use the collections.
Input for future research: Near term research benefits will extend into the long term.
Stimulating new networks/collaborations: Building and maintaining collections gives us an opportunity to interact with new networks and begin to work with them.
Commercialising research / Increasing economic growth: As the significance of materials becomes more obvious opportunities to commercialise them will grow.
 
Fulfilling organisational mandate(s)
Secure storage for data intensive research / No loss of future research opportunities: Secure storage systems now mean that more information can be available in the future.
Value to current researcher & students / Scholarly communication/access to data: Material has an immediate value to scholars, researchers and students as they can make us of it as soon as it is available.
Protecting returns on earlier investments: Material which came as part of a hybrid collection, or in support of a paper collection, will still be available.
Re-purposing data for new audiences / Short-term re-use of well curated data: Data can be used and re-purposed by new and current users as soon as it is available.
Lower future preservation costs: Planned management from an early stage in the research life-cycle is ultimately more cost-effective than late intervention (providing proper selection of what to keep is done)
Increased visibility/citation: Work in this area increases the visibility of the Bodleian, and as more users make use of the material, increases the number of citations of Bodleian resources.
Long-term re-use of well curated data: Data will continue to be re-used in the future.
  Adds value over time as collection grows and develops critical mass: Collection grows in value as more material is collected and the significance of the materials becomes more apparent.
  Secures value to future researchers & students: Bodleian's reputation as a valuable home of manuscripts and special collections is maintained.
  Knowledge transfer to other sectors
  Verification of research/research integrity

Dimension 3: Who benefits?

Internal benefits External benefits
Increased visibility/citation: More people become aware of the Bodleian  Knowledge transfer to other sectors: Others are able to make use of our materials and the knowledge they contain, so we can support the academic activities of the university as well as the wider community.
   
Increasing research productivity / Secures value to future researchers & students : Providing services to researchers is an important part of what the Bodleian do, so increasing the number of researchers and making ourselves valuable to them is important.
Value to current researcher & students: Our existing and future researchers can make use of the materials we have made available, increasing the value of the Bodleian to them.
New research funding: Attracting funding to enable research into our collections.  No loss of future research opportunities: So that in the future people will still come to us to carry out research
Stimulating new networks/collaborations: Allows us to find out what others are doing and work together to on common problems and projects.
Scholarly communication/access to data
Fulfilling organisational mandate(s) Long-term / Short-term re-use of well curated data: Is of value to our users and to wider institutions
Commercialising research: Having the material available means we are able to make use of it on a commercial basis if appropriate.
New research opportunities
Protecting returns on earlier investments / Adds value over time as collection grows and  develops critical mass  
Lower future preservation costs  
Re-purposing data for new audiences: Means we are able to attract new users.
 
Verification of research/research integrity      
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