New Article: “Forging New Service Paths: Institutional Approaches to Providing Research Data Management Services”
Forging New Service Paths: Institutional Approaches to Providing Research Data Management Services
Rebecca C. Reznik-Zellen
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Journal of eScience Librarianship
Vol. 1 (2012), Issue 3
Objective: This paper describes three different institutional experiences in developing research data management programs and services, challenges/opportunities and lessons learned.
Overview: This paper is based on the Librarian Panel Discussion during the 4th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Region e-Science Symposium. Librarians representing large public and private research universities presented an overview of service models developed at their respective organizations to bring support for data management and eScience to their communities. The approaches described include two library-based, integrated service models and one collaboratively-staffed, center-based service model.
Results: Three institutions describe their experiences in creating the organizational capacity for research data management support services. Although each institutional approach is unique, common challenges include garnering administrative support, managing the integration of services with new or existing staff structures, and continuing to meet researchers needs as they evolve.
Conclusions: There is no one way to provide research data management services, but any staff position, committee, or formalized center reflects an overarching organizational commitment to data management support.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.