Trends in Research Data Management

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This presentation will focus on the current and future trends in the emerging field of Research Data Management (RDM). In research, data is empirical evidence collected or created following systematic research methods and procedure. Specialised instruments and techniques to observe, collect and measure data vary greatly depending on the research questions and the discipline, and the collected data may be in many formats. One thing is certain though; the quantity of the data collected have increased exponentially with the development of new technologies and the affordances they offer, and therefore better RDM procedures need to be adapted and followed.

The presentation will focus on the current situation, where until recently data themselves have rarely been seen beyond their initial research team. Data are usually analysed, summarised and published as a summary in articles and books by individual researchers or research teams. These analysed and published data are generally selective representations of a small amount of the raw data originally collected by the researchers. Highlighted will be the rapidly changing situation in which researchers realize the value and potential of shared data to examine:
- Representation of the phenomenon from different epistemic or social perspectives,
- Re-use of data to reproduce and validate original findings, or to advance the original research, or to open another line of enquiry, or to conduct research which requires large scale data collection from a variety of sources, beyond the scope of one research team or location.

Presented will be the current and future roles of research institutions such as universities, which now place increasing importance on data management planning as a way of improving the access to, and longevity, sharing and reuse of research data. This planning process include various phases of metadata creation, ethical considerations, copyrights, access, use, sharing, storage and long-term preservation, human, financial and infrastructure resources etc. Finally, this presentation will highlight the role of libraries, who as the traditional custodians of knowledge now step up to undertake this additional responsibility of managing research data.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2016
EventInstitute of Information Management (IIM) Annual National Conference - University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 20 Sept 201621 Sept 2016


ConferenceInstitute of Information Management (IIM) Annual National Conference


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