In June 2014, the Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee of Association of European Rsearch Libraries (LIBER) published 11 case studies on Research Data Management. The case studies are 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.
In the spring of 2011, the UNC-Chapel Provost formed the Task Force on the Stewardship of Digital Research Data and charged its members with exploring the implications of data management for the University and making recommendations for University policy. The Task Force investigated the data management landscape through research in the literature, conversations with faculty and staff, and an in-depth faculty survey designed and administered by the Odum Institute. The resulting report was submitted to administrators in mid-February 2012 with recommendations for university policies and procedures.
The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center gathers freely available web-based resources about the preservation of geospatial information. A variety of selected resources are being added, including reports, presentations, standards, and information about tools for preparing geospatial assets for long-term access and use. The resources are indexed to enable searching of titles and are categorized to facilitate discovery by choosing among topics, resource types, or both. The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is a project of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is working with a national network of partners on a strategy for preserving digital information for use in the future.
A new Web site, the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center, aims to help those responsible for producing and managing geospatial data learn about the latest approaches and tools available to facilitate long-term geospatial data preservation and access. The Web site provides descriptions and links for a variety of relevant resources, including education and training modules, useful tools and software, information on policies and standards for preserving geospatial data, and examples of successful preservation and associated benefits.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL): The National Science Foundation (NSF) Data Sharing Policy: Resources for Data Management Planning
The ARL NSF Resources for Data Management Planning pulls together resources for research libraries to support their researchers in complying with the NSF Data Sharing Policy. This portal represents a variety of sites containing examples, data management tools, and data repositories. Professionals can participate in ARL’s Group on Data Sharing Support.
CDL: Manage Your Data provides guidance on data management plans, an overview of data requirements of USA funding agencies and general guidance on creating, organizing, managing, and sharing data by the California Digital Library. Data management planning information refers both to specific National Science Foundation (NSF) plan requirements and to more generic guidance.
Relu’s Data Management Planning site has data management planning guidance, template and real-case examples of data management plans from the UK-based cross-disciplinary Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (social, environmental and biological sciences). Relu has its own data management and sharing policy and all funded projects are required to prepare a data management plan when they begin.
Government of Canada: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Policy on Access to Research Outputs
TheCIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs demonstrates the CIHR’s belief that greater access to research publications and data will promote the ability of researchers in Canada and abroad to use and build on the knowledge needed to address significant health challenges.
Government of Canada: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Data Archiving Policy
The SSHRC funding council “is committed to the principle that the various forms of research data collected with public funds belong in the public domain. Accordingly, SSHRC has adopted SSHRC Research Data Archiving Policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the help of SSHRC funds available to other researchers.”
The Government of Canada’s principal funders of research and scholarship in higher education collaborated to produce Government of Canada: Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles to ensure data produced by public funding remains as widely available as possible.