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Panel session presentation by Natasha Simons at the iSchools Data Science Winter Institute, 7-9 December 2017, University of Hong Kong

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  1. 1. Natasha Simons Challenges faced by iProfessionals in managing research data and providing data service Panel Session iSchools Data Science Winter Institute Hong Kong 7 December 2017
  2. 2. My top three challenges Photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash
  3. 3. #1 Need for skills/knowledge in data management
  4. 4. What did participants think? Staff are more eager to engage researchers in conversation now. My confidence to discuss research data management with experts, students and data librarians has grown - thank you!
  5. 5. Deeper learning dive = discipline specific
  6. 6. Researcher skills gap is also large = Opportunity for iProfessionals!
  7. 7. #2 Roles and responsibilities not clearly defined
  8. 8. Job titles and descriptions [Data librarian] job descriptions can be vague and at the same time, overwhelming Wanted: Data Librarian to provide high level research data support services across the whole research lifecycle for 800+ researchers in 10+ disciplines across the whole university. Must be highly motivated and able to work alone with minimal supervision. Remuneration pretty average. Temporary contract.
  9. 9. “traditional” roles?
  10. 10. or data science type roles?
  11. 11. No well worn career path Photo by Dickens Sikazwe on Unsplash
  12. 12. #3 RDM support models still emerging
  13. 13. What is RDM to you? Can you help me manage my research data? - Researcher Photo by Lucas Vasques on Unsplash
  14. 14. What is RDM to you? Librarian/iProfessional = I can help you describe your data for discovery and reuse. I can also help you find data. IT professional = I can help you compute and store your data Ethics area professional = I can help you manage risk and comply with guidelines for responsible conduct of research Research office professional = I can help you with funder compliance and I will manage the data about your data Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash
  15. 15. What is RDM to you? Hey, I think I need I need all of these things - Researcher Photo by Chris Hayashi on Unsplash
  16. 16. RDM is a team sport Photo by Max Winkler on Unsplash iProfessionals can help lead the victory!
  17. 17. With the exception of third party images or where otherwise indicated, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution Licence. ANDS, Nectar and RDS are supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program (NCRIS). Tw: @n_simons Natasha Simons