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.
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
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
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
DMP Online : produced by the UK’s Digital Curation Centre to help research teams respond to a recommendation in Lyon (2007) that “Each funded research project should submit a structured Data Management Plan for peer-review as an integral part of the application for funding.”
DMP Tool : a service of the University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library. U.S. funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require researchers to supply detailed, cost-effective plans for managing research data, called Data Management Plans. Several universities and organizations are developing the DMPTool to help researchers meet these new requirements.
Guidelines to Data Management : MIT Libraries has compiled a list of online guides cover general principles for managing your data, plus select information related to particular formats or disciplines.
MIT Libraries : online subject guide proving detailed data management and publishing plans