Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites

Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as reveals areas of improvement and support.

This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, provide information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.

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A short note on DMPs

The following was received from Herman Stehouwer, Research Data Alliance (RDA):
Dear active-DMP group,
Based on our recent activities with the European Infrastructures and several conversations we have created a very short (and rather pointed) note to kickstart some discussion on DMPs in general. One of the four points in this note is on the need for DMPs to be more active/adaptable. The plan is to turn this into an lively workshop around Q4/Q1 for the European discussion.
I appreciate all comments, especially comments on the active/adaptable

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New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC)

Clairoux, Natalie. 2015. “En Français S’il Vous Plaît: Translation and Adaptation of the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum’s Introductory Module.” Journal of eScience Librarianship 4(1): e1079. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2015.1079

Abstract: The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) is “an instructional tool for teaching data management best practices to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences” (Lamar Soutter Library 2015a). This article reports on the French translation and adaptation of the first module of the NECDMC as part of the design of a short library instruction workshop.

Keywords: data management, instruction, NECDMC, Canada, French, translation

Data Management Course via youtube

An interesting concept is the following online training course for Data Management, created by the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2012 by authors Lisa Johnston and Jon Jeffryes. It consists of 7 videos; the complimentary activities are available at http://z.umn.edu/datamgmt.modules

Data Management Plans : links

Data Sharing and Management: an animated videoclip worth watching

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This educational and entertaining youtube clip: Data Sharing and Management Snafu* in 3 Short Acts, is a data management horror story by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci. This is what shouldn’t happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request! Topics include storage, documentation, and file formats.

Although an animation, and using two bears capable of only robotic voice and minimal facial expression, the shock portrayed when realising that the requested data is not readily accessible, not backed up, not in a present-day format, and that the co-author cannot be traced, is cinematographic excellence!

*snafu: Situation Normal, All F###ed Up – Things are running normally. A well-known military term.