What is it about?
This paper discusses how providing discipline-specific support for research data management is approached by universities and academic libraries. What are the advantages and disadvantages of centralized and discipline-specific approaches to providing research data services? The paper includes a case study of the author's experiences as a subject librarian embedded in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.
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Why is it important?
Supporting the discipline-specific research data management needs of researchers is proving particularly challenging for universities to address in a sustainable way. It requires adequate financial resources and staff skilled (or re-skilled) in research data management. Centralized and discipline-specific approaches to providing research data services have their own advantages and disadvantages. This paper finds that a mixed approach is the most desirable, cost-effective way of providing research data services, but this still has constraints.
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This page is a summary of: Getting the Central RDM Message Across: A Case Study of Central versus Discipline-Specific Research Data Services (RDS) at the University of Cambridge, Libri, May 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/libri-2018-0064.
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