From Concepts to Practice Brandon Mikkelsen and Jay Etchings
Libraries have been managing data for 4,000 years and will continue to be critical facilitators in the sharing and preservation of data for the research process. Therefore, it is important to coordinate the development of research data management with the needs and characteristics of end users. During the spring semester of 2015, a large university in collaboration with the Research Data Governance Committee conducted a research data management survey to determine the data management strategic requirements and curation needs of the digital research community. The survey engaged faculty, researchers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and selected staff at five research institutions. We have agreed to keep the sources of the surveys anonymous. The institutions all admitted to just recently tackling the problem of data management as it pertains to research and emerging models for research compliance.
The purpose was to discover how research data is being managed across various units at the university, determine what the demand is for existing services, and identify new services that university researchers require. For many institutions, this is the best starting point toward the adoption of a research data management plan as it aligns with the baselining principle of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.