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Managing research data: new roles for librarians

In the era of the data deluge librarians are staking their claim to be involved in research data support and curation, and new roles are emerging. In 2011 Edith Cowan University Library completed a Seeding the Commons project funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) that sought to identify and describe a selection of data sets produced by researchers at the university. A goal of the project was the collection and description of twelve data sets that could be shared. We were very successful in that ours was the first ANDS project to be completed in Western Australia, with a total of sixteen data sets collected. As part of the project, the librarians involved learned new skills, including conducting data interviews, describing data using the RIF-CS schema, and understanding the many issues surrounding the management of research data.
As a result of the project, researchers' data management requirements were identified, and gaps in the services and infrastructure available to meet these needs started to become clear. Librarians' skills in assisting researchers with data management have also become obvious, and library services to support researchers are now being developed, as a secondary outcome of this project

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Managing research data: new roles for librarians

  1. 1. Managing Research Data:New Roles for LibrariansConstance Wiebrands & Julia Gross
  2. 2. NASA “Discover”supercomputerNASA Goddard Space Flight Centre a_goddard/6559334995/
  3. 3. What researchers want
  4. 4. Do librarians have the skills needed? Re-skilling for Research (Auckland, 2012)
  5. 5. 9 skills gaps1. Ability to advise on preserving research outputs2. Knowledge to advise on data management and curation3. Knowledge on complying with funder mandates, incl open access (Auckland, 2012)
  6. 6. 4. Knowledge to advise onpotential data manipulation tools5. Knowledge to advise on datamining6. Knowledge to advocate, andadvise on, the use of metadata (Auckland, 2012)
  7. 7. 7. Ability to advise on thepreservation of project records8. Knowledge of sources ofresearch funding9. Skills to develop metadataschema (Auckland, 2012)
  8. 8. Formal training?
  9. 9. Informal learning?
  10. 10. Questions?
  11. 11. References Auckland, M (2012), Re-skilling for Research, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) report skilling-research Corrall, S (2012), Skills Which Librarians Need, presentation at “Clarifying The Roles Of Libraries In Research Data Management: A Discussion Day To Find Creative Solutions”, RL UK libraries-research-data-management-discussion-day-find-creative-solutions Institute for the Future (2011), Future Work Skills 2020 report NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre NERSC Franklin Cray XT4s - supercomputer cluster Wired UK - NDNAD Infographic Future work skills 2020 LKSC Go HD, Maestro, Classroom training iStillness by Shapeshift