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The role of repositories in supporting RDM: lessons from the DCC engagements


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Angue Whyte's slides from his short presentation on the role of repositories in supporting Research Data Management (RDM). These were presented on Friday 2nd August 2013 at Repository Fringe 2013.

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The role of repositories in supporting RDM: lessons from the DCC engagements

  1. 1. The role of repositories in supporting RDM: lessons from the DCC engagements Angus Whyte, Sarah Jones Digital Curation Centre Repository Fringe 2 August 2013, University of Edinburgh
  2. 2. Aims 1. Outline UK programmes to help Higher Education Institutions develop RDM services 2. Background on the Digital Curation Centre DCC role in developing services 1. Outline emerging RDM services Our view of what they are Recent surveys on library plans & priorities 2. Examples from different universities Repository manager & subject librarian roles Share examples and lessons Who do repo managers need to interact with in their institution?
  3. 3. Digital Curation Centre • Est. 2004, Jisc funded partnership across 3 universities - Bath, Edinburgh and Glasgow • Digital curation challenges across institutions and disciplines • HEFCE funding from 2011 for targeted support to help institutions build capacity and capability in managing research data
  4. 4. Institutional engagement programme 21 Degree awarding Russell Group 7 e.g. Edinburgh Pre-1992 13 e.g. Surrey Post-1992 4 e.g. Oxford Brookes Research intensive England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland
  5. 5. JISC Managing Research Data • 25 x Infrastructure projects 2009-13 • DCC input - tool provision and support for events • Help extract, amplify and transfer programme outputs across sector • E.g. How-to guides, case studies
  6. 6. Envision Initiate Discover Design Implement Evaluate RDM Development Process But its non-linear really! …cycles of negotiation and compromise towards ‘continuous improvement’
  7. 7. Envision Initiate Discover Design Implement Evaluate RDM Development Process Advocacy, policy developmentDCC
  8. 8. Envision Initiate Discover Design Implement Evaluate RDM Development Process Readiness, requirements and risk assessment CARDIO – Collaborative Assessment of Research Data Infrastructure and Objectives DAF – Data Asset Framework DCC
  9. 9. Emerging Services – DCC/MRD
  10. 10. Emerging Services – Library Surveys 221 institutions US and Canada (of which 99 universities) Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current practices and plans for the future Carol Tenopir, Ben Birch, Suzie Allard University of Tennessee Assoc. College & Research Libraries, June 2012
  11. 11. Emerging Services - Surveys 81 UK higher education institutions Research data management and libraries: Current activities and future priorities Andrew Cox and Stephen Pinfield Information School, University of Sheffield Journal of Librarianship and Information Science June 28, 2013
  12. 12. Emerging Services - Surveys 82 UK higher education institutions Bibliometrics and Research data Management services: Emerging trends in Library Support for Research Sheila Corrall, Mary Anne Kennan, Waseem Afzal Library Trends, Volume 61, Number 3, Winter 2013, pp. 636-674
  13. 13. RDM Services planned High expectations of prioritising/ planning delivery over next 2-3 years. Mixture of advice & liaison and technical services So what do we find Repository Managers doing in service development? •Figures from 1 Cox & Pinfield (N=81) 2 Corrall et al (N-82) Top 12 Service priorities 1. Rank by Top future Priority 2. Current (Planned) % Policy development 1 17 (60) Advisory service 2 10 (40) PGR Training 3 = 14 (43) Early career awareness 3= Awareness reusable resources – data archives 5= 41 (20) Data repository 5= 37 (37) Data citation advice 7 41 (20) Copyright, IPR 8 Web portal, guidance 9 Metadata, data catalogue 10 DMP advice 11= 9 (49) External data sources – research & retrieve 11=
  14. 14. Tales from Two Cities • Contrasting institutions – Post-1992, 4260 students, 100’s research active staff – Russell Group, 31,323, 1000’s research active staff • Some things in common – Repository managers actively engaged in developing – Policy response to funder requirements – Online guidance – Support for data mgmt planning – Surveys/ interviews to scope research data, practices and requirements – Skills development for Subject Librarians
  15. 15. Oxford Brookes University Driver: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council policy expectations Steering group PVC led, action by repository and research office mgrs Awareness training to faculty, with DAF survey follow-up, Subject Librarian training Research data as special collections Help desk service being established.
  16. 16. University of Edinburgh Driver: Institutional reputation Steering group CIO led, action by Data Library & Information Services colleagues One of the first UK data repositories Data Library pivotal in RDM developments Pioneer of much-reused RDM policy and training materials.
  17. 17. To sum up… • In our experience, repository managers active in kickstarting ‘softer’ capabilities • Still few universities have dedicated RDM staff • Academic liaison roles required - also indicated by surveys – IT, Libraries, Research Office/ Business Development – E.g. ACRL Report “Reassigning existing library staff common tactic” • Computing services: active data storage, • Research support: licensing .. DMP support • Records managers: policy
  18. 18. Issues? • Commercial data – really for the OA repository to manage? • Who deals with abandoned data in ‘active’ storage? • How to deal with data from retiring staff, unfunded groups? • When staff leave what should go with them? • How do we trust external repositories? • What new workflows and roles for data publication?
  19. 19. Thank you Questions, comments? Your experiences? Other national surveys?