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Title:Collaboration or Competition? Responses to Research Data Management in UK Higher Education by Librarians, IT Professionals, and Research Administrators
Author(s):Verbaan, Eddy; Cox, Andrew M.
Subject(s):research data management
support of research
academic libraries
IT services
research administration
system of professions
Abstract:Purpose. Effective Research Data Management (RDM) has become an increasing concern in UK universities as a result of being mandated by research funders. The study uncovered how librarians, IT staff and research administrators viewed support of RDM and how they thought roles would be distributed amongst them. It used Abbott's theory of the professions as a way of conceptualising the underlying dynamics. Methodology: Data was collected through 20 semi-structured interviews with staff in the Library, IT Services and Research Office of a research intensive university of middling size in Northern England. Findings: The different professional services viewed RDM differently. Broadly speaking, IT focussed on short term data storage; the research office on compliance and research quality; librarians on preservation and advocacy. The Library was the only department claiming a new jurisdiction in RDM. The other departments claimed to be short of resources to take on such a complex project. Some interviewees feared RDM might be a "poisoned chalice". Research implications: Abbott's (1988) concept of jurisdiction is a useful lens on how RDM services are emerging. Originality/value: The paper offers an early perspective on how support of RDM is being developed, from a theory of the professions perspective.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Verbaan, E., & Cox, A. M. (2014). Collaboration or Competition? Responses to Research Data Management in UK Higher Education by Librarians, IT Professionals, and Research Administrators. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 281 - 292). doi:10.9776/14084
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Other Identifier(s):84
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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