Creating and Maintaining a Sustainable Research Data Management Service: Where Do Librarians Fit?
Creating and Maintaining a Sustainable Research DataManagement Service: Where Do Librarians Fit? Jill Evans, Gareth Cole & Hannah Lloyd-Jones (University of Exeter)
Introduction• Who are we? – The Open Exeter Project – JISC funded: looking into Research Data Management issues at the University of Exeter – Inter-departmental
Open Exeter• Main work strands: – Follow the Data • Working with six PGRs • DAF survey – Advocacy and Governance – Technical Development • Creation of Exeter Data Archive – Creation of Training Materials • Researcher Development Programme (RDP) • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) • One-stop shop website • Lunch byte workshops
Research Data Management (RDM)• What is RDM?• Why is it important?• Why should librarians be involved?• What can research data encompass?
What can Research Data be?Types of data used by participants at the Debate, Discuss and Disseminate Workshop: o Paper, i.e. printouts of experiment o Word documents o Excel spreadsheets o Interview transcripts o Audio files (recordings of interviews) o Mapping data o PDFs o Raw data in CSV form o Post-processed data in text files o Graphs o Tables for literature review o Search data for systematic review o Interviews and surveys: audio files, word transcripts o Photographs o Photocopies of documents from the archives o NVivo files o STATA files
Over To You• What do you know about RDM issues?• What would you like to know about RDM that you don’t currently know?• What training would you like to have on RDM? – What format would you like this training to have?
Training• Who for? – Researchers – Professional Services Staff• What form should training take? – One-to-one sessions – Workshops – Presentations – Online modules
Training (2)• What should be included in the training? – Data Management Plans – Organising research material – File and Document Management e.g. versioning – Ethical and confidentiality issues – Bibliographic Software – Institutional Repositories and Open Access – Any others?
What RDM Training Researchers at Exeter want. Training Area NumberHow to Develop a Data 144Management PlanOrganising Research Material 123File and Document Management 112Legal and Ethical Issues 115Bibliographic Software 83Institutional Repositories and Open 121Access
Policy• How do librarians fit in?• Where do librarians fit in? – Research and Knowledge Transfer staff – Assistant College Managers for Research – Computer Development Officers – Central IT Services• Who should have responsibility for what? – Need for a clear structure otherwise researchers will not become engaged
Sustainability - Institutional• Needs to be sustainable: – Sticks: • Research Councils’ policies • Government initiatives on Open Access – Carrots: • Increased chances of collaboration for inter-disciplinary research • Increased citations for researchers • Recognition to researchers for ALL their work • Librarians become more integrated and involved in the research process
The Librarian’s role is changing• Re-skilling for Research report (January 2012)• Evolutionary process• As information professionals, academic librarians need to be experts on managing information as well as finding it• Increased awareness of the needs of the research community