Research Data Management (RDM) services:
a new and innovative direction for libraries
Sarah Jones
Digital Curation Centre
...
What is the DCC?
A UK service to support the Higher Education sector
with Research Data Management (RDM)
“Helping to build...
What does the DCC do?
• Offer guidance

– helpdesk, briefing papers, how-to guides

• Run training & events

– DC101, road...
Guide and case studies:
www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/
developing-rdm-services
DCC data management roadshows
A series of regional events to allow every institution in the UK
to prepare for effective re...
DCC Institutional Engagements
We ran IEs from mid-2011 to mid-2013 with funding from HEFCE to:
• Increase RDM capability b...
Universities we worked with
• Mix of older, research intensive institutions and
modern, post-1992 universities
• Geographi...
Areas of DCC support
Assess
Needs

Advocacy and
awareness raising
Institutional
data catalogues

Storage

Develop
RDM
supp...
Common IE activities
• Establishing steering groups
• Making the case for RDM
• Run surveys, focus groups, interviews
• De...
Principal foci of IEs

2

4

8

14

14

Business plans

DMPonline customisations

Training for researchers & support staff...
IE roles and responsibilities
50% of the
engagements
have senior
academic
champions

Team leaders
• Library – 11
• Researc...
How are libraries engaging in RDM?
They are involved in:
•

defining the institutional strategy

•

developing RDM policy
...
University of Northampton
An example of the library leading the institutional RDM work
May-July
2010

November
2010

Jan-J...
University of East London
Example of re-skilling librarians to build confidence in RDM
SupportDM
• Five sessions on RDM, s...
Oxford Brookes University
Example of Data Management Planning support

DMPonline template
• Customised institutional guida...
University of Edinburgh
Example of data repository and registry services
• Collaboration between data library and universi...
Why should libraries support RDM?
• Existing open access leadership roles
• Often run publication repositories
• Have good...
Possible Library RDM roles
• Leading on local (institutional) data policy
• Bringing data into undergraduate research-base...
A hot topic...
The changing role of libraries and librarians is
much studied and discussed
–
–
–
–
–
–

Libraries, librari...
RDM training for librarians
• RDM for librarians, DCC
http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/rdm-librarians
• RDMRose, University o...
“Researchers need help
to manage their data.
This is a really exciting
opportunity for
libraries….”
Liz Lyon, VALA 2012

C...
Thanks – any questions?

DCC guidance, tools and case studies:
www.dcc.ac.uk/resources
Follow us on twitter:
@digitalcurat...
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RDM services: an opportunity for libraries

  1. 1. Research Data Management (RDM) services: a new and innovative direction for libraries Sarah Jones Digital Curation Centre sarah.jones@glasgow.ac.uk Twitter: sjDCC Stellenbosch Library Symposium, 15th November 2013, #stelsymp
  2. 2. What is the DCC? A UK service to support the Higher Education sector with Research Data Management (RDM) “Helping to build capacity, capability and skills in data management and curation across the UK’s higher education research community.” DCC Phase 3 Business Plan Funded by: www.dcc.ac.uk
  3. 3. What does the DCC do? • Offer guidance – helpdesk, briefing papers, how-to guides • Run training & events – DC101, roadshow, RDMF, IDCC • Develop tools – CARDIO, DAF, DMPonline • Support the Jisc – esp. via the Managing Research Data programmes
  4. 4. Guide and case studies: www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/ developing-rdm-services
  5. 5. DCC data management roadshows A series of regional events to allow every institution in the UK to prepare for effective research data management, and understand more about how the DCC can help. “The roadshow as a whole will feed into the implementation plan we are developing after passing our RDM policy” “I was looking for a foundation in the issues for a librarian. Spot on!” www.dcc.ac.uk/events/data-management-roadshows
  6. 6. DCC Institutional Engagements We ran IEs from mid-2011 to mid-2013 with funding from HEFCE to: • Increase RDM capability by working intensively with 20 HEIs – Up to 60 days of effort per HEI drawn from a mix of DCC staff – Deploy DCC & external tools, new approaches & best practice • Provide support based on what each institution wanted/needed • Share lessons & examples with the wider community www.dcc.ac.uk/community/institutional-engagements
  7. 7. Universities we worked with • Mix of older, research intensive institutions and modern, post-1992 universities • Geographic spread – several in London, South England, the midlands, north, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland • Range of research strengths, groups and centres • Different levels of existing RDM capacity and priorities for DCC support
  8. 8. Areas of DCC support Assess Needs Advocacy and awareness raising Institutional data catalogues Storage Develop RDM support and services Training Guidance and support Requirements gathering DCC support team Policy and strategy development Business case Customised Data Management Plans Make plans
  9. 9. Common IE activities • Establishing steering groups • Making the case for RDM • Run surveys, focus groups, interviews • Developing RDM policy and strategy • Pilot tools and services • Offering DMP support • Delivering training courses • Setting up guidance websites • ... All of these apply at different scales. Some wanted DCC to do the work, whereas others just wanted advice and support to validate their plans
  10. 10. Principal foci of IEs 2 4 8 14 14 Business plans DMPonline customisations Training for researchers & support staff Roadmap design (esp. for EPSRC) Requirements gathering (Data Asset Framework, CARDIO) Most were in the early stages, scoping needs and developing plans. Few were rolling out full services or had secured ongoing funding.
  11. 11. IE roles and responsibilities 50% of the engagements have senior academic champions Team leaders • Library – 11 • Research office – 7 • IT services – 2 Library services were involved in all of the engagements and were often leading RDM work Major support • • • • Library – 7 Research office – 2 IT services – 6 Records management – 2 • Repository management – 1
  12. 12. How are libraries engaging in RDM? They are involved in: • defining the institutional strategy • developing RDM policy • delivering training courses • helping researchers to write DMPs • advising on data sharing and citation • setting up data repositories • ... Library Research Office IT
  13. 13. University of Northampton An example of the library leading the institutional RDM work May-July 2010 November 2010 Jan-June 2011 2012-2013 November 2013 • Ran DAF study to investigate researchers’ RDM support needs • URC Research Data Working Group convened • Research Data Policy proposed, refined and approved • DCC engagement focusing on RDM training • Drafting a new institutional template for DMPonline http://researchsupporthub.northampton.ac.uk
  14. 14. University of East London Example of re-skilling librarians to build confidence in RDM SupportDM • Five sessions on RDM, supporting researchers, DMPs, selection and data sharing • Each topic is introduced in a face-to-face session and explored via exercises and discussion • Learning is reinforced via an online tutorial and practical exercises to do before the next session www.uel.ac.uk/trad/outputs/resource
  15. 15. Oxford Brookes University Example of Data Management Planning support DMPonline template • Customised institutional guidance • Dropdown boxes for answers • Training to help researchers write DMPs
  16. 16. University of Edinburgh Example of data repository and registry services • Collaboration between data library and university library • DataShare repository - http://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk – undertaken a number of pilots to test different use cases – beginning advocacy work to raise awareness and encourage deposit • Data Asset Registry currently being scoped out – integration with existing repository and RIM systems is key
  17. 17. Why should libraries support RDM? • Existing open access leadership roles • Often run publication repositories • Have good relationships with researchers • Proven liaison and negotiation skills • Knowledge of information management, metadata... • Highly relevant skill set
  18. 18. Possible Library RDM roles • Leading on local (institutional) data policy • Bringing data into undergraduate research-based learning • Teaching data literacy to postgraduate students • Developing researcher data awareness • Providing advice, e.g. on writing DMPs or advice on RDM within a project • Explaining the impact of sharing data, and how to cite data • Signposting who in the Uni to consult in relation to a particular question • Auditing to identify data sets for archiving or RDM needs • Developing and managing access to data collections • Documenting what datasets an institution has • Developing local data curation capacity • Promoting data reuse by making known what is available RDMRose Lite
  19. 19. A hot topic... The changing role of libraries and librarians is much studied and discussed – – – – – – Libraries, librarians and data (Corrall) Re-skilling for Research study (RLUK) Upskilling Liaison Librarians for RDM (Cox et al) The Informatics Transform (Lyon) Retooling libraries for the data challenge (Salo) ...
  20. 20. RDM training for librarians • RDM for librarians, DCC http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/rdm-librarians • RDMRose, University of Sheffield http://rdmrose.group.shef.ac.uk • Data Intelligence for librarians, 3TU, Netherlands http://dataintelligence.3tu.nl/en/about-the-course • DIY Training Kit for Librarians, University of Edinburgh http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/libtraining.html • SupportDM modules, University of East London http://www.uel.ac.uk/trad/outputs/resources
  21. 21. “Researchers need help to manage their data. This is a really exciting opportunity for libraries….” Liz Lyon, VALA 2012 CC-BY by domeheid www.flickr.com/photos/ domeheid/184382104
  22. 22. Thanks – any questions? DCC guidance, tools and case studies: www.dcc.ac.uk/resources Follow us on twitter: @digitalcuration and #ukdcc

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