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Publication date: 6 September 2019

Andrew M. Cox, Mary Anne Kennan, Liz Lyon, Stephen Pinfield and Laura Sbaffi

A major development in academic libraries in the last decade has been recognition of the need to support research data management (RDM). The purpose of this paper is to…

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Purpose

A major development in academic libraries in the last decade has been recognition of the need to support research data management (RDM). The purpose of this paper is to capture how library research data services (RDS) have developed and to assess the impact of this on the nature of academic libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaire responses from libraries in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK and USA from 2018 are compared to a previous data set from 2014.

Findings

The evidence supports a picture of the spread of RDS, especially advisory ones. However, future ambitions do not seem to have seen much evolution. There is limited evidence of organisational change and skills shortages remain. Most service development can be explained as the extension of traditional library services to research data. Yet there remains the potential for transformational impacts, when combined with the demands implied by other new services such as around text and data mining, bibliometrics and artificial intelligence. A revised maturity model is presented that summarises typical stages of development of services, structures and skills.

Research limitations/implications

The research models show how RDS are developing. It also reflects on the extent to which RDM represents a transformation of the role of academic libraries.

Practical implications

Practitioners working in the RDM arena can benchmark their current practices and future plans against wider patterns.

Originality/value

The study offers a clear picture of the evolution of research data services internationally and proposes a maturity model to capture typical stages of development. It contributes to the wider discussion of how the nature of academic libraries are changing.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 75 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Article
Publication date: 6 November 2007

Elizabeth Yakel

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of development and recent focus on digital curation and ties it to larger cyberinfrastructure initiatives.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of development and recent focus on digital curation and ties it to larger cyberinfrastructure initiatives.

Design/methodology/approach

Provides a useful viewpoint on the development and recent focus on digital curation.

Findings

Digital curation is the active involvement of information professionals in the management, including the preservation, of digital data for future use. While there have been people doing different aspects of data curation and digital preservation for decades, recent events have brought a number of ideas, organizations, and individuals together to focus more intently on digital curation. Reports in the US by the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and in the UK by Dr Liz Lyon of UKOLN have pointed out the aspects of digital curation which need to be in place to ensure that digital objects can be maintained, preserved, and remain available for future use. These reports along with increased research focus at conferences and the emergence of new educational programs have led to the emergence of digital curation and made digital curators a new entry into the information professions. Increasingly, digital curation is becoming an umbrella concept that includes digital preservation, data curation, electronic records management, and digital asset management.

Practical implications

This article discusses and defines digital curation and notes how this theme has permeated in recent reports, conferences, and educational offerings.

Originality/value

The article synthesizes current digital curation efforts and helps to define this new concept for information professionals.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Article
Publication date: 8 August 2008

Danielle Mihram and G. Arthur Mihram

The purpose of this paper is to report on the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held 14‐18 February 2008 in Boston, MA, USA.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held 14‐18 February 2008 in Boston, MA, USA.

Design/methodology/approach

Conference report.

Findings

The conference theme was science and technology from a global perspective, which emphasized the power of science and technology as well as education to assist less‐developed segments of the world society, to improve partnerships among already developed countries and to spur knowledge‐driven transformations across a host of fields.

Originality/value

Overviews of six conference symposia are presented, which will be of interest to this journal's readers.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 1 September 2015

Eleanor Mattern, Wei Jeng, Daqing He, Liz Lyon and Aaron Brenner

The purpose of this paper is to report on an information gathering study on users’ research data-related challenges and proposals for library research data services (RDS)…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on an information gathering study on users’ research data-related challenges and proposals for library research data services (RDS). This study probes how early career researchers visually conceptualize the research process in their disciplines, their self-reported research data challenges, and their recommendations for library RDS.

Design/methodology/approach

Two focus group sessions were undertaken with a total of eight early career researchers. Adopting the visual narrative inquiry method, the participants were asked to sketch the general research process in their domain. The individuals’ illustrations of the research process were then used as the basis for reflecting on their data-related needs and potential RDS that would assist them during the research process.

Findings

Participants presented a research process that was more personal and, in most cases, more imperfect than the research lifecycle models that academic libraries are increasingly using for RDS development and communication. The authors present their data-related challenges, which included data access barriers, low knowledge of best practices for research data management, the need for a deeper understanding of post-publication impact, and inconsistent awareness of existing library and institution RDS. The authors outline RDS recommendations that participants proposed, which included a web-based tools, customized training sessions, and “distilled” guides to research data best practices.

Practical implications

The study flagged users’ gaps in understandings of existing library and institutional RDS, suggesting that there may be an opportunity to engage users in the design of communications plans for services. The findings from this user study will inform the development of RDS at the institution.

Originality/value

This paper puts forth a methodological approach that academic libraries can adapt for understanding users’ needs and user-generated design solutions.

Details

Program: electronic library and information systems, vol. 49 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2019

Haseeb Ahmad Piracha and Kanwal Ameen

This paper aims to assess the policy framework and planning regarding research data management (RDM) in university libraries of Pakistan.

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to assess the policy framework and planning regarding research data management (RDM) in university libraries of Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 30 Higher Education Commission high ranking university libraries by using mixed method explanatory sequential design.

Findings

The results indicate that library heads just heard about RDM, but there was lack of knowledge and awareness. Few libraries were at the planning stage. Other major challenges including lack of willingness, motivation and coordination with researchers, non-availability of skillful professional and support staff, poor infrastructure and networking were found in this regard.

Originality/value

This is the first study of its kind that explores the planning and policy development regarding RDM in university libraries of Pakistan.

Article
Publication date: 1 April 2006

Almuth Gastinger

To share with readers the issues of an international conference.Design/methodology/approach – A brief review of the conference held in Germany, 7‐9 February 2006.

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Purpose

To share with readers the issues of an international conference.Design/methodology/approach – A brief review of the conference held in Germany, 7‐9 February 2006.

Findings

The conference focused on the future of information services in the digital world. Speakers from eight countries discussed joint strategies and transnational networks for academic libraries, innovative information services, and future challenges for academic libraries. Three hands‐on workshops reported on current projects in the fields of long‐term archiving, institutional repositories and marketing approaches in the library context.

Originality/value

Will be of interest to library and information professionals.

Details

Library Hi Tech News, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 1 July 2004

Colby Riggs

Provides a summary report of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) Task Force Meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia in April 2004. These twice‐yearly meeting explore…

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Provides a summary report of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) Task Force Meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia in April 2004. These twice‐yearly meeting explore new technologies, content, and applications and aim to further collaboration, to analyze technology policy issues, and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Outlines the themes of the main sessions and briefings.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 21 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 25 January 2008

Elena Giglia

Reports on papers presented at the 11th Ticer Summer School, 27‐31 August 2007 at the University of Tilbury, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Purpose

Reports on papers presented at the 11th Ticer Summer School, 27‐31 August 2007 at the University of Tilbury, The Netherlands.

Design/methodology/approach

Reports from the viewpoint of a participant on the modular course; and gives insight into the themes covered.

Findings

Found the modular format worked well, especially the end of lecture question‐and‐answer sessions and the opportunity for discussion with the lecturers. Summarises the content of several of the lectures and finds them to be relevant and thought‐provoking on current library issues and themes in a digital age.

Originality/value

Of interest as a summary of the content of the Ticer Summer School and of current themes.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 October 2004

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 21 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 October 2006

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 24 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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