ATG Book of the Week: Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals

by | Mar 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Research Data Management - www.thepress.purdue.eduTitle: Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals
Editor: Joyce Ray
Paperback: ISBN 13: 9781557536648, $29.95
Imprint: West Lafayette, IN.: Purdue University Press, 2014


“It has become increasingly accepted that important digital data must be retained and shared in order to preserve and promote knowledge, advance research in and across all disciplines of scholarly endeavor, and maximize the return on investment of public funds

To meet this challenge, colleges and universities are adding data services to existing infrastructures by drawing on the expertise of information professionals who are already involved in the acquisition, management and preservation of data in their daily jobs…”

The second entry in the Charleston Insight Series Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals “provides a framework to guide information professionals in academic libraries, presses, and data centers through the process of managing research data from the planning stages through the life of a grant project and beyond. It illustrates principles of good practice with use-case examples and illuminates promising data service models through case studies of innovative, successful projects and collaborations.”

Joyce Ray has brought together an impressive group of library thinkers and data management experts to cover all aspects of research data management now and into the future. This book covers the entire data life cycle—from incentives and mandates for sharing research data, to metadata standards and best practices of describing data for discovery, to preservation and archiving of datasets for use by future generations. Information professionals in the library and archival communities are a natural fit to lead the myriad tasks of research data management, and they will find inspiration in the insights provided in each chapter.” – Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor and Board of Visitors Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Increasing funder requirements relating to research data, combined with a growing awareness of the value that accessible, citable, reusable data can offer to researchers, mean that every research organisation needs to take research data management seriously as an institutional imperative. This timely book contains contributions on every aspect of the problem from people with practical experience of the solutions. The editor, Joyce Ray, has been closely involved with the community’s developing understanding of the challenges for many years; she has drawn together essential guidance and useful case studies that will be of value to all university information and research services.” – Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh

Research data management is becoming a crucial issue for European universities as they tackle the challenges posed by data-driven science. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is about to publish its ‘Roadmap for Research Data,’ which will guide universities in their decision making as they tackle the data deluge. This book, therefore, is timely and will provide well-documented guidance on the contributions that the library sector can make. Data-driven research has the potential to revolutionize the way research is conducted, and there is a tremendously important role for libraries to play.” Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer, President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), Chair of the LERU Chief Information Officers Community



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