Fostering open science practice through recognising and rewarding research data management and curation skills

Davidson, J. (2016) Fostering open science practice through recognising and rewarding research data management and curation skills. In: Bisto, C. and Raju, R. (eds.) LIS Education and Research in a Dynamic Information Landscape: Proceedings of the Library and Information Studies Centre 75 Years Commemorative Conference. University of Cape Town Libraries: Cape Town, pp. 63-75. ISBN 9780799225266 (doi: 10.15641/0-7992-2526-6)

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In a bid to improve research integrity, drive innovation, increase knowledge and to maximize public investment, researchers are increasingly under pressure to work in a more open and transparent way. This movement has been referred to as open science. Open science offers a range of potential and measurable benefits – for researchers and the institutions that employ them as well as for society more generally. However, to realise these benefits, we must work towards changing current research practices and behaviours. Researchers will need to acquire new research data management and curation skills that enable them to undertake a broader range of tasks along the entire research lifecycle – from undertaking new means of collaboration, to implementing data management and sharing strategies, to understanding how to amplify and monitor research outputs and to assess their value and impact. In parallel, information professionals who work to support researchers and the open science process will also need to expand their research data management and curation skillsets. It will be equally important that current recognition and reward systems are amended to reflect the application of such skillsets within a range of disciplines. This paper will explore the potential role that librarians can play in supporting and progressing open science and discuss some of the new skills that librarians may require if they are to fulfil this role effectively. Citing examples from the current UK research landscape, this paper will map these skills to the Wellcome Trust and Digital Science’s CRediT Taxonomy which was developed in 2013 to enable the broad range of contributions involved in producing research outputs to be more consistently described and rewarded.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Research data management, libraries, information science, curriculum, Digital Curation Centre, CRedIT Taxonomy, Digital Science
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davidson, Ms Joy
Authors: Davidson, J.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Research Group:HATII
Publisher:University of Cape Town Libraries
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 University of Cape Town Libraries
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