Mijke Jetten has a leading role in organizing a service desk for research data management support at Radboud University, the Netherlands. She is also a co-chair of LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group.
“I’m on a mission to make all the various types of researchers in my institution aware of the benefits of proper research data management,” says Mijke. “It was fun when one of the researchers congratulated me with winning the famous Spinoza Prize, the highest award in Dutch science. It appeared to be another colleague, Mike Jetten (what’s in a name!). Another mission, of course, but I can’t image that winning the Spinoza Prize feels as satisfying as the gratefulness I experience every day in offering RDM support. For me, it feels like winning prizes on daily basis.”
As a result of Mijke’s work, the University Library guides researchers through all phases of the data life cycle.
The biggest advantage of my relationship with LIBER is that we’re doing things co-operatively.
We’re often reinventing the wheel at different institutes, doing quite the same things in a slightly different way, and through LIBER we can collaborate more closely and try to learn from what other people have already done instead of doing it ourselves.
It’s a big organization, so if there are issues with ownership of data or funder requirements, LIBER is familiar with them and can help us to sort them out.
My field is research data management, where everybody is trying to find the right way, but we’re not always aware of what colleagues are actually doing: we’re still lacking some co-ordination. This is something that LIBER can help with and we can profit from.