Funders are beginning to demand that research data is carefully managed and, ideally, shared for later reuse. So universities will need to provide policy, advice and infrastructure to enable researchers to comply with these funder’s conditions.
The challenges are great:
- There is much diversity of research in a university and the definition of what constitutes data may be more obvious in health related projects than in say history.
- A number of departments will need to be involved in implementing policy and procedures; and librarians need to be seen as equal partners.
- Library staff who regularly liaise with academic staff, departments and faculty have an important role; but equally there will be a need for support from other librarians for metadata, digital preservation, intellectual property, resource discovery for access.
RDMRose is a Leeds, Sheffield, & York Universities’ (UK) project to produce taught and continuing professional development materials for Research Data Management tailored to the needs of librarians. The final version of the learning materials was released in May 2013.
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Based on and with thanks to Andrew Cox et al. Realising our role in Research Data Management. Cilip Update. March 2013 p.36-38.