NEW Book: Delivering Research Data Management Services

20 November, 2013 | in Press Releases
By: Magdalena Getler

Delivering Research Data Management Services

Graham Pryor, Sarah Jones and Angus Whyte, editors

Step-by-step guidance to setting up and running effective institutional research data management services to support researchers and networks.

This 'how-to' guide includes case studies from the newly emerging service infrastructures in the UK, USA and Australia. Different approaches are highlighted and compared; for example, a researcher-focused strategy from Australia is contrasted with a national, top-down approach, and a national research data management service is discussed as an alternative to institutional services.

The research landscape is changing, with key global research funders now requiring institutions to demonstrate how they will preserve and share research data. However, the practice of structured research data management is very new, and the construction of services remains experimental and in need of models and standards of approach. This groundbreaking guide will lead researchers, institutions and policy makers through the processes needed to set up and run effective institutional research data management services. 

This book will be particularly relevant to heads of libraries, information technology managers, research support office staff and research directors planning for these types of services. It will also be of interest to researchers, funders and policy makers as a reference tool for understanding how shifts in policy will have a range of ramifications within institutions. Library and information science students will find it an informative window on an emerging area of practice.

Key topics covered

  • A patchwork of change: research data provision
  • Options and approaches to research data management (RDM) service provision
  • Who's doing data? A spectrum of roles, responsibilities and competences
  • A pathway to sustainable research data services: from scoping to sustainability
  • The range and components of RDM infrastructure and services
  • Case study 1: John Hopkins University
  • Case study 2: University of Southampton
  • Case study 3: Monash University
  • Case study 4: The UK Data Service
  • Case study 5: Jisc Managing Research Data programmes

With an international authorship, Delivering Research Data Management Services is published on 20 December 2013 by Facet Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85604-933-7, price £54.95.