Because good research needs good data

Delivering Research Data Management Services

TitleDelivering Research Data Management Services
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPryor G, Jones S, Whyte A
PublisherFacet Publishing
ISBN Number9781856049337

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

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 ‘how to’ guide provides a step-by-step explanation of the components for an institutional service. Case studies from the newly emerging service infrastructures in the UK, USA and Australia draw out the lessons learnt. 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.