January 21, 2022

New Article: “From Plan to Action: Successful Data Management Plan Implementation in a Multidisciplinary Project”

The following article was recently published in the Journal E-Librarianship.


From Plan to Action: Successful Data Management Plan Implementation in a Multidisciplinary Project


Margaret H. Burnette
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah C. Williams
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Heidi J. Imker
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Journal E-Librarianship
Vol. 5, No. 1
Objective and Setting
While data management planning becomes more commonplace, moving from planning into implementation remains a hurdle for many researchers. With little specific guidance from funding agencies and libraries in the early stages of developing services to assist researchers, insights into what contributes to successful data management are sorely needed. The objective of this study was to document how a multidisciplinary research team, after consultation with the University of Illinois Library, took steps to implement a data management plan.
Design and Methods
A case study was designed to gather insights from the research group through semi-structured interviews. Questions focused on which of the recommended data management strategies were adopted and how those strategies affected the project in terms of cost, time, effectiveness, and long-term data use.
From these interviews five major themes emerged as important: intentional staffing, addressing essential data management elements, iterative improvement, training and mentorship, and increased efficiency and peace of mind.
Despite the initial investment that data management requires, researchers report significant benefits.
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.