Research Data Support: a Growth Area for Academic Libraries?

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The ‘data revolution’ has impacted researchers across the disciplines. Not only must publications often be made open access, but data sharing is often a prerequisite for a paper to be published. Academic librarians increasingly find themselves ‘upstream’ in the research process, trying to help their users manage unwieldy amounts of data, when their comfort zone is firmly ‘downstream’ in the post-publication stage. Librarians who embrace this shift and develop their data skills should be well-placed in Library Futures.

This paper examines why the ‘upside-down’ and ‘inside-out’ library predicted by some will give research data support pride of place. Good research data management practice, increasingly required by funders, is an indicator of research integrity to which researchers are learning to aspire. They require support and services that may or may not be available through disciplinary channels or ‘in the cloud’; but localised services have many advantages.

The University of Edinburgh has a ‘mature’ research data service which has been growing since 2012 and earlier. The Research Data Support team based in the University Library has a suite of tools and training to meet user needs from data management planning, to active data management and collaboration, to archiving and sharing data beyond the life of the research project. The talk will provide a tour of its proven services as well as its three-year RDM Roadmap and its key milestones, which will hopefully offer new service providers with ideas and inspiration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventFuture of Libraries - Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bangalore, India
Duration: 26 Feb 201928 Feb 2019


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