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Research data management in universities of central China: Practices at Wuhan University Library

Xia Liu (Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Ning Ding (Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 January 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Revealing research data’s production and use, the status of research data management (RDM) and researchers’ service requirements in universities of Central China; this study aims to investigate the feasibility of university libraries in providing RDM services without any supporting policies from governments or funding agencies.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a stratified sampling method, faculties and graduate students from 11 universities were investigated. Four pilot subjects at Wuhan University (WHU) were chosen for whom a pilot RDM platform was to be constructed.

Findings

Research data at Chinese universities are small, sporadic and discontinuous. Such data are intensively or dispersedly under researcher’s management, with some unresolved problems regarding data security, data sharing and utilisation efficiency. Researchers’ needs for data services are strong. University libraries in China can develop RDM systems and provide related services. To realise this, more work should be done on service mechanism, service promotion, software development and staff training.

Research limitations/implications

The user survey covered 11 universities in central China, which may not reveal the real RDM status of researcher in different areas of China.

Practical implications

The practice at WHU could provide reference to other university libraries in China or other developing countries.

Social implications

The practice at WHU could provide reference to other university libraries in China or other developing countries.

Originality/value

The user survey is designed to be as comprehensive as possible and cover 902 researchers from 11 different types of Chinese universities. The practice at WHU is one of the first RDM initiatives led by university library in China.

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Acknowledgements

The research is supported by the China Academic Library and Information System, the biggest library consortia in Chinese higher education.

Citation

Liu, X. and Ding, N. (2016), "Research data management in universities of central China: Practices at Wuhan University Library", The Electronic Library, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 808-822. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-04-2015-0063

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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