Managing Research Data

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More and more digital information is being created and stored, even while budgets shrink and funders of research demand evidence of value for money and demonstrable benefits for society. Data management has become an essential requirement for information professionals over the last decade, particularly for those supporting the higher education research community. There is increasing pressure to provide plans for the sustainable management of data, and in this book Pryor brings together leading figures in the field from the UK and around the world, providing an introduction to all the key data issues facing the higher education and information management communities. Integrating the authors' expertise and international case studies, this volume defines what is required to achieve a culture of effective data management, offering practical advice on the skills required, legal and contractual obligations, strategies and management plans and the data management infrastructure of specialists and services. Chapters include:

  • Why manage research data? Graham Pryor
  • The lifecycle of data management  Sarah Higgins
  • Research data policies: principles, requirements and trends  Sarah Jones
  • Sustainable research data  Brian F. Lavoie
  • Data management plans and planning Martin Donnelly
  • Roles and responsibilities – libraries, librarians and data  Sheila Corrall
  • Research data management: opportunities and challenges  Rob Procter, Peter Halfpenny and Alex Voss
  • The national data centers Ellen Collins
  • Contrasting national research data strategies: Australia and the USA  Andrew Treloar, William Michener and G. Sayeed Choudhury
  • Emerging infrastructure and services for research data management and curation in the UK and Europe Angus Whyte

LIS professionals and others working in higher education, along with researchers and policy makers, will find plenty of practical guidance in this timely book.

Read the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 of this book now!

Graham Pryor

Sarah Jones is a Senior Information Support Officer with the Digital Curation Center (DCC). She supports universities to implement research data management services and delivers a range of RDM tools, guidance and training materials.

"This is an excellent book for anyone, not just information professionals, looking to ‘introduce and familiarize' themselves with a complex and challenging, yet increasingly important topic. The book benefits from a prestigious line-up of knowledgeable authors, including those who are actually ‘doing' research and research data management. As an edited volume it fits well together as a single entity even though written by a number of individuals: chapters reference other chapters and the reader is not left with a sense of a ‘cobbled-together' mix of disparate topics from different people. The content can equally well be dipped into, as read from cover to cover."
— Ariadne

"...this collection belongs at every library considering or already implementing tools and services to help researchers manage their data better and comply with the bewildering array of data-related policies emerging from all quarters."
— Collaborative Librarianship