Two new reports from the Opportunities for Data Exchange(ODE) have been published today.
One is a report on Best Practices for Citability of Data and Evolving Roles in Scholarly Communication.This report explores developments in best practice in the citation of data. Citability is key to ensuring the success of data sharing and libraries must promote good practice in data citation by engaging in developing standards and through the provision of training.
The report also presents the results from the LIBER survey on the role of libraries in data exchange. Over 110 LIBER libraries took part in this survey which took place in November 2011. The survey provides a valuable insight into the direction libraries must go in order to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for libraries in the data sharing landscape. The survey showed that over 80% of LIBER libraries are experiencing demand for data management support. The report explores where there are gaps between demand and supply of data management related services.
Barriers to the provision of support service include the lack of the correct skills to do so. Both IT skills and data curation skills are seen as important skills for development.
A large percentage of libraries are investing in developing data management support services.
The second report is a Compilation of Results on Drivers and Barriers and New Opportunities. This report presents a conceptual model for the drivers, barriers and enablers of data sharing and provides a comprehensive description of the factors that motivate, inhibit and enable the sharing of research data. The Conceptual Model of data sharing drivers, barriers and enablers and the data sharing domain evaluation are proposed as tools that could have practical value in elucidating the relationships between the Horizon 2020 goals and the conditions needed to bring them about, and could support those charged with formulation and implementation of policy in this area.
Both of these documents should be of use as advocacy tools for libraries who are going through the process of developing policies and services to support research data management.
Both reports are available here: