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.


Online training


“Data Analysis”is an eight-week course run by Jeff Leek, an assistant professor of biostatistics at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lectures are broken up into eight to 10-minute chunks.If you want to understand data analysis, and how you can use this skill to better your business, then this is a great place to start. Source:

Content Curation Tools
The author has created a comprehensive map of all the curation tools available online and claims to keep it fresh and updated almost on a daily basis.The map presently lists over 250 content curation tools which you can navigate much more easily than it was possible on the earlier versions of this map.On the right side of the map you will find all of the news and content curation tools available online today. On the left side, you can find bookmarking, link lists builders, clippers and lots of tools to operate with RSS feeds (which are still at the heart of a curator’s job).

Ten module course – all about data management. These modules formed the basis of a 2 day short course held in Santa Barbara, May 2012. Extensive user evaluations were conducted and the results of those surveys can be view as a summary poster or full report.Authors: Heather Henkel, Viv Hutchison, Carly Strasser, Stacy Rebich Hespanha, Kristin Vanderbilt, Lynda Wayne.

Databib  – Purdue University
Databib is a tool for helping people identify and locate online repositories of research data.Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can search.
For more information about Databib, please contact Michael Witt (, Editor.

Research Data Mantra
The course is particularly appropriate for postgraduate students and early career researchers who work with data and would like to learn more about managing their research data. The course content is mainly geared for three disciplines: geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology, however, many of the issues covered apply equally to all research disciplines.arch Data MANTRA is a course designed for PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data.

MANTRA: online course covering the essentials of research data management

I have started reading up on research data management, trying to get a thorough understanding of the terminology used, formats available, and research data-related issues. One of the basic training tools I can really recommend is MANTRA. MANTRA is a self-paced online course covering the essentials of research data management, and is designed for doctoral students and other researchers. The course is open access and hosted online by the University Data Library of the University of Edinburgh.

Access the course here

Topics covered by the course include explaining research data, formats, documentation, metadata, storage, security, preservation, sharing and licensing.

The course includes a mini-test at the end of each section, enabling self-measurement of understanding and at the same time capturing the essential points of the chapter.

The short video-clips used in most chapters (mainly interviews with experienced researchers) add a welcome break from the fact-laden text, and, in case readers should battle with the Scottish accents, a transcript of the text is provided on the slide following the interview page!  Although able to view the video clips when first accessing MANTRA, I was not able to view the clips later on in the week….reason unknown. Good news is that the description of the interviewee as well as subject matter enabled me to find the same clip on YouYube!