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University leaders should embrace data, report suggests.

Universities keep too much of their data in silos and should take a wider approach to its management, according to a report from the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme.

The report, published on 4 January, forms part of a data capability project commissioned in December 2014 to improve data management in universities. It contains the results of a self-assessment exercise, where institutions were asked to rate their data capabilities according to five tiers. Most of the people representing the 101 universities that responded said they had nascent data management capability, but none categorised it as an organisational or strategic capability. There were also differences in responses within individual institutions, with respondents in more senior roles more likely to evaluate data management processes positively.

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