Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals

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Book Description

It has become increasingly accepted that important digital data must be retained and shared in order to preserve and promote knowledge, advance research in and across all disciplines of scholarly endeavor, and maximize the return on investment of public funds.


To meet this challenge, colleges and universities are adding data services to existing infrastructures by drawing on the expertise of information professionals who are already involved in the acquisition, management and preservation of data in their daily jobs. Data services include planning and implementing good data management practices, thereby increasing researchers’ ability to compete for grant funding and ensuring that data collections with continuing value are preserved for reuse.


This volume provides a framework to guide information professionals in academic libraries, presses, and data centers through the process of managing research data from the planning stages through the life of a grant project and beyond. It illustrates principles of good practice with use-case examples and illuminates promising data service models through case studies of innovative, successful projects and collaborations.


Table of Contents


Introduction to Research Data Management, Joyce M. Ray


The Policy and Institutional Framework, James L. Mullins

Data Governance: Where Technology and Policy Collide, MacKenzie Smith


The Use of Life Cycle Models in Developing and Supporting Data Services, Jake Carlson

Data Management Assessment and Planning Tools, Andrew Sallans and Sherry Lake

Trustworthy Data Repositories: The Value and Benefits of Auditing and Certification, Bernard F. Reilly, Jr., and Marie E. Waltz


Copyright, Open Data, and the Availability-Usability Gap: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches for Libraries, Melissa Levine

Metadata Services, Jenn Riley

Data Citation: Principles and Practice, Jan Brase, Yvonne Socha, Sarah Callaghan, Christine L. Borgman, Paul F. Uhlir, and Bonnie Carroll


Assimilating Digital Repositories Into the Active Research Process,Tyler Walters

Partnering to Curate and Archive Social Science Data, Jared Lyle, George Alter, and Ann Green

Managing and Archiving Research Data:Local Repository and Cloud-Based Practices, Michele Kimpton and Carol Minton Morris

Chronopolis Repository Services, David Minor, Brian E. C. Schottlaender, and Ardys Kozbial


Evaluating a Complex Project: DataONE, Suzie Allard

What to Measure? Toward Metrics for Research Data Management, Angus Whyte, Laura Molloy, Neil Beagrie, and John Houghton


An Institutional Perspective on Data Curation Services: A View from Cornell University,Gail Steinhart

Purdue University Research Repository: Collaborations in Data Management, D. Scott Brandt

Data Curation for the Humanities: Perspectives From Rice University, Geneva Henry

Developing Data Management Services for Researchers at the University of Oregon, Brian Westra


The Next Generation of Challenges in the Curation of Scholarly Data, Clifford Lynch

About the Contributors



Praise for Research Data Management


“Joyce Ray has brought together an impressive group of library thinkers and data management experts to cover all aspects of research data management now and into the future. This book covers the entire data life cycle—from incentives and mandates for sharing research data, to metadata standards and best practices of describing data for discovery, to preservation and archiving of datasets for use by future generations. Information professionals in the library and archival communities are a natural fit to lead the myriad tasks of research data management, and they will find inspiration in the insights provided in each chapter.” Carol Tenopir. Chancellor’s Professor and Board of Visitors Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville



"Increasing funder requirements relating to research data, combined with a growing awareness of the value that accessible, citable, reusable data can offer to researchers, mean that every research organisation needs to take research data management seriously as an institutional imperative. This timely book contains contributions on every aspect of the problem from people with practical experience of the solutions. The editor, Joyce Ray, has been closely involved with the community's developing understanding of the challenges for many years; she has drawn together essential guidance and useful case studies that will be of value to all university information and research services." Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh



“Research data management is becoming a crucial issue for European universities as they tackle the challenges posed by data-driven science. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is about to publish its ‘Roadmap for Research Data,’ which will guide universities in their decision making as they tackle the data deluge. This book, therefore, is timely and will provide well-documented guidance on the contributions that the library sector can make. Data-driven research has the potential to revolutionize the way research is conducted, and there is a tremendously important role for libraries to play.” Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer, President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), Chair of the LERU Chief Information Officers Community



“The variety of approaches and experiences give this book broad appeal for information professionals at different size organizations with different priorities. The details of the process that organizations went through to try and meet data services needs is extremely helpful. This manuscript gets down to the nuts and bolts, and the case studies are its greatest feature.” Stephanie Wright, Data Services Coordinator, University of Washington Libraries



“As a research library-based data management specialist, I have struggled to find robust resources with up-to-date practical information without having to scour the Internet for hours. This book will be a major asset to all professionals who are in a similar position. It is important because it provides relevant, timely, practical information about topics that I deal with every day—repositories, governance, copyright, metadata, data citation, and so forth—and it’s all collected in one place. In a more philosophical sense, the book may provide a vehicle for getting everyone in the data services field ‘on the same page’ with regard to the latest and greatest in research data management, in the sense that the book provides a benchmark for the state of our profession. We all recognize that data services are new to libraries, and many of us are doing a bit of DIY in terms of developing our services. The result of the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ approach is that services vary wildly across institutions. The availability of a book like this enables librarians (and other data stewardship professionals) everywhere to seek out a common reference, which fosters dialog and consistency of approach.” Amanda L. Whitmire, Data Management Specialist, Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, Oregon State University Libraries and Press



“This collection of timely articles on the emerging field of librarian support for research data management includes a good selection of topics and well-chosen authors. As a practitioner, I found the case study articles the most useful and interesting parts of the book. They were meaty, blow-by-blow accounts of how an organization, like mine, struggled and succeeded with these uncertain challenges of data management. This is not just a collection of articles written by key players from major grant-funded groups, but also real librarians implementing real services that you can relate to, and best of all, implement yourself.” Lisa Johnston, Research Services Librarian, Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota Libraries



"This book represents a foundational contribution from the guardians of institutional data that will give confidence to those who appreciate the huge potential of data based research in seeking solutions to global and societal challenges in the future." John Wood, Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities and European Chair of the Research Data Alliance



“Research data will drive the next generation of innovation, and the deployment of effective data infrastructure is essential to enable data access and use. The topics in this book are both important and timely, and the contributors and editor read like a Who’s Who of key players in the field.” Francine Berman, Chair of Research Data Alliance/US and Co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information



“A hallmark of every emergent profession is the initial codification of the knowledge that distinguishes it as a specialization. Research Data Management serves this function for the cluster of professionals coalescing to support data-intensive science, also known as e-science or cyberinfrastructure. The diverse talents of the contributors to this work reflect the rich intellectual roots undergirding this new data profession. Future generations of data curators, data scientists, data librarians, data managers, and other data specialists will look upon this volume as a seminal work.” Charles Humphrey, Research Data Services Coordinator, University of Alberta Libraries 

About the Editor(s):

Joyce Ray teaches digital preservation and digital curation in the Johns Hopkins University graduate museum studies program.  She is currently a visiting professor in the University College London Department of Information Studies. From 1997 to 2011 she was Associate Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC, where she directed competitive grant programs that awarded more than $40 million annually for innovative research, practice and education in library services and related topics. She previously held positions at the US National Archives and Records Administration and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library.  She has both an MLS and a PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin.