December 1, 2015

New Paper from OCLC Research: “Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy”

Here’s a new “call to action” paper from OCLC Research.


Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data  Management Policy


Ricky Erway
OCLC Research


OCLC Research Web Site
Digital Curation Working Group
Role of Libraries in Data Curation, OCLC Research Partnership 

From the Introduction

Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy is a call for action that summarizes the benefits of systemic data management planning and identifies the stakeholders and their concerns. It suggests that the library director proactively initiate a conversation among these stakeholders to get buy-in for a high-level, responsible data planning and management policy that is proactive, rather than reactive. It also addresses the various topics that should be discussed and provides a checklist of issues to help the discussion result in a supportable and sustainable policy.

The intended audience for this call for action is library directors, not only because their libraries may be recipients of data in need of curation and of requests for guidance, but—more importantly—because library staff have significant skills and experience to contribute to the discussion. This is an opportunity for the library director to play an entrepreneurial role in furthering the mission of the larger enterprise.

Direct to Full Text (24 pages; PDF)

See Also: Additional Papers from the Role of Libraries  in Data Curation Group

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