What are Research Data Management (RDM) Services?: RDM Services involve providing information, consulting, training in:
• Research data management planning
• Research data management guidance during research
• Research documentation and metadata
• Research data sharing and curation of completed projects and published data (Fearon, et al., 2013).
Why is it Important to Manage Research Data? Three main reasons:
- Many major grant funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH, NEH, etc.) require grant applicants to submit a RDM plan (MIT Libraries, ).
- Research data is a university asset, the intellectual product of its faculty’s and students’ research, which merits consideration at both the data level and the university policy level (Erway, 2013).
- Researchers and their graduate students often do not have the time or expertise to address RDM issues (Carlson & Stowell-Bracke, 2013).
Academic Libraries and RDM Services? Of all the RDM stakeholders (such as the office of research, research compliance office, information technology department, faculty and student researchers, and academic units) on a university campus, the library may be the one of the best situated to have a role in RDM because they have expertise in:
- Specific academic subject areas
- Archiving information sources; long-term preservation
- Metadata and name authorities
- Institutions repositories of “research outcomes” (Erway, 2013).
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Leatherman, Carrie C., "Research Data Management Services at WMU: An Environmental Scan" (2015). Academic Leadership Academy. 49.