Supporting emerging researchers in data management and curation

Davidson, J. (2013) Supporting emerging researchers in data management and curation. In: Mackenzie, A. and Martin, L. (eds.) Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries. Facet: London. ISBN 9781856049436

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While scholarly publishing remains the key means for determining researchers’ impact, international funding body requirements and government recommendations relating to research data management (RDM), sharing and preservation mean that the underlying research data are becoming increasingly valuable in their own right. This is true not only for researchers in the sciences but also in the humanities and creative arts as well. The ability to exploit their own - and others’ - data is emerging as a crucial skill for researchers across all disciplines. However, despite Generation Y researchers being ‘highly competent and ubiquitous users of information technologies generally’ they appears to be a widespread lack of understanding and uncertainty about open access and self-archived resources (Jisc study, 2012). This chapter will consider the potential support that academic librarians might provide to support Generation Y researchers in this shifting research data landscape and examine the role of the library as part of institutional infrastructure. The changing landscape will impact research libraries most keenly over the next few years as they work to develop infrastructure and support systems to identify and maintain access to a diverse array of research data outputs. However, the data that are being produced through research are no different to those being produced by artists, politicians and the general public. In this respect, all libraries - whether they be academic, national, or local - will need to be gearing up to ensure they are able to accept and provide access to an ever increasing range of complex digital objects.

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Additional Information:This is a preprint of a chapter accepted for publication by Facet Publishing. This extract has been taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Mackenzie, A. and Martin, L. (eds.) Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries. Facet, London. ISBN 9781856049436 which can be purchased from The author agrees not to update the preprint or replace it with the published version of the chapter.
Keywords:Digital librarianship, research data management, digital curation
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
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Facet Publishing
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