The University of Southampton

Adrian Cox 

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Project Manager Web Science Institute (PETRAS Programme)

I joined the University of Southampton in 2011 initially leading the development of the University’s research equipment database and the collaborative project, UNIQUIP, defining sector standards for research equipment databases. Building on the success of UNIQUIP I led the development of the RCUK (EPSRC) national equipment portal,, using linked open data standards to deliver a national data aggregation and search capability, now hosted by Jisc.

Following these successes I am continuing to explore the use of linked (open) data  and the development of data driven services commoditising data e.g establishing socio-economic value from the secondary and tertiary use of data, and data management system design exploiting the efficiency benefits it can offer to information services, reporting and analytics.


Research interests

Data commoditisation - Establishing socio-economic value from the secondary and tertiary use of (open) data

The challenges of data management in a data driven ecosystem - Embedding a cultural change to deliver added value from data.

Establishing data quality frameworks across diverse sectors.


Cox, Adrian (2016) Technical use case - research outputs discovery using the Organisation Profile Document (OPD). University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/402662 [Dataset]

Whitton, Michael and Cox, Adrian (2016) UK Research Data Discovery Service: University of Southampton final report Southampton, GB. University of Southampton 8pp.

Cox, Adrian (2014) Efficient sharing of university data is closer than you think.

Cox, Adrian (2015) Equipment data: embrace the sharing economy.

Cox, Adrian (2016) Measuring equipment utilisation – could impact be the answer?

Cox, Adrian (2017) The benefits of an efficient asset data workflow.

Cox, Adrian and Gutteridge, Christopher (2016) – Delivering a data autodiscovery infrastructure. In CRIS2016: 13th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (St Andrews, June 9-11, 2016). euroCRIS..

Cox, Adrian, Milsted, Andrew and Gutteridge, Christopher (2016) Data autodiscovery—The role of the OPD. International Journal of Geo-Information, 5 (10), [167]. (doi:10.3390/ijgi5100167).

Hall, Wendy, Cox, Adrian, Crouch, Stephen, Schueler, Mark and Graham, James (2019) PETRAS-IoT data management and sharing infrastructure: an evolution of IoT observatory (PEDASI) (Harnessing economic value, Privacy & Trust, Safety & Security) 21pp.

Schueler, Mark, Crouch, Steven, Cox, Adrian, Graham, James and Hall, Wendy (2019) Enhanced interface for PEDASI-IoT data sources 30pp.

Schueler, M., Cox, A., Sha Yuan, , Crouch, S., Graham, J. and Hall, W. (2019) From observatory to laboratory: a pathway to data evolution. In Proceedings of Living in the Internet of Things (IoT 2019). IET Conference Publications. pp. 1-12 . (doi:10.1049/cp.2019.0137).

West, Peter, Cox, Adrian and Davies, Susan (2019) Asthma. University of Southampton [Dataset]

West, Peter, Cox, Adrian and Davies, Susan (2019) Macroscope. University of Southampton [Dataset]

West, Peter, Cox, Adrian and Davies, Susan (2019) Distributed Observatory Search. University of Southampton [Dataset]


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