Research Data Management at Unisa

Bezuidenhout, Ronel and Macanda, Makaba Bongani and Rammutloa, Modiehi Winnie Research Data Management at Unisa., 2014 . In The 2014 LIS Research Symposium, Unisa Science Campus, Florida, Gauteng, South Africa, 24 - 25 July 2014. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]

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LIS Research Symposium: Paper presentation abstract Research Data Management at Unisa Introduction Research data are valuable assets for the Colleges of Unisa. It is important that services and processes are in place to facilitate the management of the raw research data. Research funding agencies are also increasingly requiring research projects to ensure that any data produced, that may be useful to others are shared and preserved. In view of this the Unisa Library has been tasked with establishing Data Curation and Preservation at Unisa which is currently referred to as Research data management. The project commenced as a pilot whereby raw research data is stored, preserved and made discoverable. Purpose The purpose of this paper seeks to provide a brief overview on the Research Data Management (RDM) journey that the Unisa Library undertook. There is a need for the raw research data to be stored, preserved and made searchable and retrievable. The journey will assist Unisa to manage its research data effectively to make it available for use and re-use. 3. SCOPE This paper will provide a brief definition of what research data management is and the different concepts within the RDM sphere will also be covered. The scope will cover what has been done at Unisa so far, with the pilot project and the testing of the system. Different scenarios from different institutions will also be highlighted. Findings The findings indicate that local institutions, Unisa included are gradually embarking on Research Data Management projects. The findings further highlighted a potential challenge as Librarians are not sufficiently exposed to the new phenomenon of RDM and do not possess the necessary skills.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Research data management, data curation, data management plan,
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
Depositing user: MW Rammutloa
Date deposited: 12 Sep 2014 10:50
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:32


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