New data mandates, open science advocacy, and replication of research results have focused attention on data management practices during the research process. This, in turn, has led to the development of services, infrastructure, and other resources to support Research Data Management (RDM) needs at research universities.
But how are research universities addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research life cycle?
The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series from OCLC Research that looks at the context, influences, and choices that research universities face in acquiring RDM capacity. We launched this project to pull back the curtain a bit on how universities work through the process of acquiring RDM capacity. Our findings are derived from detailed case studies of four research universities:
- University of Edinburgh (UK)
- University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (US)
- Monash University (Australia)
- Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)
Our focus is on three major decision points that universities face in acquiring RDM capacity.