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Abdulaziz Alhassan and Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim


By admin - Posted on 06 February 2015

Abdulaziz Alhassan is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Information Science PhD Program at the University of North Texas.

Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas. Her research interest include Data Curation and Management, Information Behavior & Interaction, Library and Information Science Education.

Presentation: 
Research Data Management Services: Context, Opportunities, and Implications

The exponential growth in big data has become an important agenda item across nearly every area of information technology and has led to the development of a new competitive arena as revolutionary measures are needed for the management, analysis, and accessibility of this data. Such data growth has fundamentally changed the landscape of scientific research as well, and the need for organized, accessible, and well-preserved sets of data is increasing among researchers. Research Data Management (RDM), which is the practice of organizing data from the beginning of the research cycle through the dissemination and archiving of valuable outcomes to provide access for these data sets, has become a pressing issue and a critical factor in both conducting and funding research.

Since the National Science Foundation (NSF) started requiring data management plans for research proposals in 2011, many academic libraries across the United States have begun to adopt and establish RDM services to help their communities. RDM services are defined as services that provide information, consulting, training, or active involvement in data management planning, data management guidance during research, research documentation and metadata, research data sharing, and the curation of data. According to a recent survey of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries (Fearon, Gunia, Pralle, Lake, & Sallans, 2013), almost three-quarters currently offer RDM services and one-quarter of respondents plan to. However, it should be noted that libraries are facing various challenges, including technical and financial challenges, to providing reliable and sustainable RDM services that meet the needs of their community.

This presentation will discuss the context, opportunities, and implications surrounding the planning, development, and management of RDM services. It will also discuss different approaches adopted in academic research libraries by outlining their strategies and best practices for planning, implementing, and delivering RDM services.

References
Fearon, D., Gunia, B., Lake, S., Pralle, B., & Sallans, A. (2013). Research data management services in ARL libraries: a SPEC kit. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services. Retrieved from http://publications.arl.org/Research-Data-Management-Services-SPEC-Kit-334/

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