Data management: Knowledge and skills required in research, scientific and technical organisations

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the knowledge and skill requirements for people working in the data management space in universities and scientific research organisations. In order to do so 25 data professionals in universities and scientific research organisations were interviewed. The most common set of skills required were interpersonal skills and related personal characteristics, closely followed by data specific knowledge and skills, including broad understanding of data types, metadata, and legal and regulatory frameworks. Contextual knowledge, knowledge of appropriate information technologies and training and advocacy skills were also highly sought after. Few current data professionals
had a data specific qualification, most had learned “on the job” and through targeted professional development such as workshops, webinars and in house training. This paper presents information specific to data professionals in context and will enable educators understand the professional context and therefore to more effectively plan appropriate forms of delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld library and Information Congress: IFLA general conference and assembly
Subtitle of host publicationIFLA WLIC 2016
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherInternational Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventIFLA World Library and Information Congress: 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly - Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, United States
Duration: 13 Aug 201619 Aug 2016


ConferenceIFLA World Library and Information Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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