May 22, 2022

A New Report From OCLC Research: “Research Information Management (RIM) in the United States”

From OCLC Research:

The Research Information Management in the United States two-part report series provides a first-of-its-kind documentation of RIM practices at US research universities that presents a thorough examination of RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and system components.

Research information management (RIM) is a rapidly growing area of investment in US research universities. While RIM practices are mature in Europe and other locales in support of nationalized reporting requirements, RIM practices at US research universities have taken a different—and characteristically decentralized—course. A complex environment characterized by multiple use cases, stakeholders, and systems has resulted.

This report provides a landscape overview of the state of research information management in the United States, makes sense of the complexity, and offers recommendations targeted at University leaders and other institutional decision makers.

We hope that the information presented in this report can support library leaders in talking about RIM systems and practices with institutional stakeholders and to advocate for the role of the library in this work.

The report was written by:

Rebecca Bryant
OCLC Research

Jan Fransen
University of Minnesota

Pablo de Castro
Strathclyde University and euroCRIS

Brenna Helmstutler
Syrcause University

David Scherer
Carnegie Mellon University

Report Resources

Report Web Page

Part 1—Findings and Recommendations

This report provides much-needed context for institutional leaders to examine their own local practices by proposing:

  • A summary of six discrete RIM use cases
  • A RIM system framework
  • Recommendations for RIM stakeholders

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42 pages; PDF.

Part 2—Case Studies 

This companion report offers an in-depth narrative of the RIM practices at five US research institutions:

  • Penn State University
  • Texas A&M University 
  • Virginia Tech
  • UCLA
  • University of Miami

Direct to Full Text
92 pages; PDF.

Note: A4 versions of Part 1 and Part 2 are available here.

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