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From point zero to point one: libraries and RDM in Europe

From point zero to point one: libraries and RDM in Europe

This short talk will give an overview of what libraries do and what can do in servitude to research data management. Based on the recent work of LIBER, it will show what european research libraries believe are able and what is left to do in collaboration with other partners. This information , together with examples from small and medium libraries, will be insightfully read to reveal other aspects of the current status, especially in infrastructures, such as storage, identification, preservation and so on. The talk will close with the wishful thinking for a solid and prospective development of RDM that will be encouraging participation and use under the FAIR trait.

Text at https://gtsak.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/from-point-zero-to-point-one-libraries-and-rdm-in-europe/


Giannis Tsakonas

January 23, 2018


  1. from point zero to point one libraries and RDM in

    Europe Giannis Tsakonas Library & Information Center, University of Patras, Greece / LIBER Executive Board @gtsakonas “Research data management: interoperability, collaboration, and the research library role” Jan. 23, 2018, Porto, Portugal
  2. Where we stand • A group of heterogenous -in so

    many senses- institutions have been called to address the RDM issues and lead the way to an open field of transparent, user friendly and viable management of RD. • What unites these institutions is the common vision of a FAIR condition for RD.
  3. What we do • The current stand of libraries has

    been portrayed in the recent study by Tenopir et al [http://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10180]. • European libraries are implementing mostly “soft” services, such development of DMPs, citation practices, etc. • Technical services not fully established. • Acknowledging the importance of RDM and its services • But, at the time being, RDM policies are not featured in all institutions.
  4. What we can do • Libraries provide storage and preservation

    facilities (4/10 according to the Tenopir et al. study) • OpenDOAR reports 700 Institutional Repositories. • Approximately 1/10 stored data (74 in Europe, globally 183) • OpenAIRE reports 77 Data Repositories • Most provide permanent identification services as well
  5. What we want to do • Any kind of curation

    consumes a lot of resources. Determining what to discard or dispose of items can be harder decisions than those at the time of acquisition [Borgman] • "Collection development" issues are hard to implement. It requires considerable thought by many collaborating agents. • Technical heterogeneity and metadata quality, just like in the CH domain, need to be addressed
  6. Final thoughts • Libraries as organizational interfaces • Front ends

    to communicate with researchers, institutions, publishers, funding bodies, legal entities, etc. • Combat defragmentation • Collect, process and align user requirements • Assist short/long term data preservation