This week the 4th plenary of Research Data Alliance took place in Amsterdam. Over 500 delegates came from across the globe to discuss all things research data related.
Researchers, data scientists, IT and infrastructure professionals and providers, policy makers, funders, educators, and libraries are just some of the stakeholders that were represented amongst the participants.
The increasing engagement of librarians in the RDA was evidenced by the strong attendance at the Libraries in Research Data Birds of Feather (BoF).
The BoF was led by Wolfram Horstmann, Chair of the LIBER Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee, Michael Witt, Head of D2C2 at Purdue University, and Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director of COAR, and kicked-off with a report, presented by Birgit Schmidt, from the previously packed BoF session at the RDA in Dublin in March.
The theme of this session in Amsterdam was “how to establish research data solutions in libraries”. Case studies of research data solutions currently being developed and provided by libraries in the US and in Europe were presented.
Each case study addressed the following questions:
- Which service(s) do you provide in practice?
- How is the service organised (staffing, reporting, oversight, finances)
- How did you arrive at the solution(s)?
- What are the lessons learnt?
- How could RDA support your research data activities?
The case studies ranged from small disciplinary specific services, e.g. from the Netherlands Institute for Ecology, to larger instructional case studies such as Purdue and Columbia Universities, to collaborative efforts such as 3TU Datacentrum. Getting stakeholder buy-in and leadership support, upskilling staff, communication with, and embedding training for, researchers were common themes across the case studies.
The BoF for Libraries in Research Data will now apply to become an RDA interest group and there are lots of potential outputs under discussions including further case studies on services and skills development, a list of links to library RDM services, and a matrix for library RDM services.
The group is open for anyone to join so to find out more and stay up to date please go to: https://www.rd-alliance.org/node/1633