Presentation Title

Looking for RDM Information? We Got a LibGuide for That!

Location

Lobby

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Searching the Web for research data management (RDM) information could be an overwhelming activity for researchers of any stripe. Using LibGuides, our library alleviates this by creating a clearinghouse of RDM information. Creation of our LibGuide began in fall 2018. Using ideas from Oberlin Group colleges, our final product has an overview of RDM, data management planning guidelines, links to data repositories and funding agencies, recommended RDM training programs, legal considerations, a selection of data science conferences, and a portal to DMPTool, a web-based data management planning application. The research guide was promoted from our library’s administrative level to the administrative levels of four institutions we serve. Since then, it has been presented at new faculty and graduate student orientations. Also, our reference librarians were trained on navigating the guide, as well as familiarized with the content, so that they know where to point patrons to for RDM information. Furthermore, the guide provides a convenient alternative to combing through and scrutinizing a disarray of Web search results. Timing couldn’t have been better, for we have had an influx of undergraduates seeking statistical data for research projects. Remarkably, the projects were for non-STEM courses, bringing to light that RDM is not solely the realm of the hard sciences. Currently, our LibGuide is in its nascent stage. So at this time it is still early to assess its impact. In the meantime, the library will focus further on marketing the research guide while monitoring usage statistics as a measure of its utility.

Presentation Description

The poster presentation will simply showcase and share content ideas for a LibGuide on research data management.

Keywords

research data management; RDM; data management plan

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Looking for RDM Information? We Got a LibGuide for That!

Lobby

Searching the Web for research data management (RDM) information could be an overwhelming activity for researchers of any stripe. Using LibGuides, our library alleviates this by creating a clearinghouse of RDM information. Creation of our LibGuide began in fall 2018. Using ideas from Oberlin Group colleges, our final product has an overview of RDM, data management planning guidelines, links to data repositories and funding agencies, recommended RDM training programs, legal considerations, a selection of data science conferences, and a portal to DMPTool, a web-based data management planning application. The research guide was promoted from our library’s administrative level to the administrative levels of four institutions we serve. Since then, it has been presented at new faculty and graduate student orientations. Also, our reference librarians were trained on navigating the guide, as well as familiarized with the content, so that they know where to point patrons to for RDM information. Furthermore, the guide provides a convenient alternative to combing through and scrutinizing a disarray of Web search results. Timing couldn’t have been better, for we have had an influx of undergraduates seeking statistical data for research projects. Remarkably, the projects were for non-STEM courses, bringing to light that RDM is not solely the realm of the hard sciences. Currently, our LibGuide is in its nascent stage. So at this time it is still early to assess its impact. In the meantime, the library will focus further on marketing the research guide while monitoring usage statistics as a measure of its utility.