Research Data Management Case Studies

In July 2012, LIBER’s E-Science Working Group released ‘Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management’.

Since then, several libraries across Europe have started to build up or have expanded their capacities for research data management, typically combining e-infrastructure and support services.

In June 2014, to further encourage libraries in continuing this process, LIBER’s Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has collected case studies, hosted by or with strong involvement of libraries in research data management.

These studies describe policies and strategies that pave the way for the creation, institutional integration and the running of support services and underlying infrastructures. In addition, challenges and lessons learned are described, and ways-forward outlined.


The case studies have been individually presented and can be freely downloaded below.


In 2019, LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group published two case studies showcasing research data management support provided by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the University Library at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The TU Delft case study focuses on the disciplines of design, engineering and
technical sciences, while the UiT case study presents UiT’s research
development support services for language and linguistics.

The case studies investigate research data support services by looking at the nature
of support services expected by researchers, the institutional services in
place, the needs and challenges in terms of research data management support,
the policy context and the implementation of data management and support
services at the two institutions.

“These case studies are a great opportunity to share experiences, and what is done at the level of libraries – on how RDM was made practical. More and more this is with a focus on a particular discipline,” says Rob Grim, co-chair of the RDM working group, Erasmus University Rotterdam. “We hope that members learn from them and get inspired, and engage the LIBER community around these topics,” adds Birgit Schmidt, co-chair, Göttingen State and University Library.

The case studies are available on Zenodo:

Disciplinary Case Study: Data Management Support at TU Delft

Disciplinary Case Study: The Tromsø Repository
of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing)


Please get in touch if you would like to contribute: Dr Birgit Schmidt, on behalf of the Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures.