Monday, 17 December 2012

Article on RDMRose in Ariadne

The latest issue (70) of Ariadne magazine contains an article on RDMRose: "Upskilling Liaison Librarians for Research Data Management".

Friday, 7 December 2012

RDMRose article in MmIT journal

The November issue of MmIT journal (Volume 34 No 4) contains an article about the project, entitled: "Academic librarians tackle Research Data Management".

Monday, 12 November 2012

RDM in libraries survey

You are invited to take part in a survey on library roles in research data

The survey has been designed to give the community a clear picture of the extent to which libraries are currently involved in research data management (RDM) work, and the extent to which they regard different aspects of RDM to be strategic priorities for the next three years.

As you will know, this issue touches directly on one of RLUK's strategic priorities and so we are keen to track progress in this area. The survey has been tested already on some of RLUK colleagues who have kindly provided very useful feedback that has enabled us to refine the questions. So we hope now that the questionnaire corresponds well to the key issues as you see them. We believe that the results will be of direct interest to colleagues in UK HE libraries and that we can use the data as a benchmark to measure developments in future. We are hoping all of this will mean that we get a good response.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Poster at JISC MRD Workshop

On 24-25 October the RDMRose project presented a poster at the JISC MRD Programme Workshop in Nottingham. It was a good opportunity to discuss the progress that JISC MRD projects had made and the challenges they faced.

Our poster described the aims of our project and the intended learning outcomes of the curriculum that we are designing. More importantly, it also listed the potential RDM roles that librarians could take on, and how these are aligned with their existing roles.

The poster also had an interactive aspect. The workshop participants were encouraged to vote which of these potential RDM roles the Library should prioritize. People were asked to put a blue dot next to all RDM roles they would like to see prioritised. The results are on the photo below.



Thursday, 30 August 2012

JISC funds the White Rose Consortium of academic libraries and the Sheffield iSchool to develop Research Data Management (RDM) learning materials for LIS professionals

JISC funds the White Rose Consortium of academic libraries and the Sheffield iSchool to develop Research Data Management (RDM) learning materials for LIS professionals

Sheffield, 1st September 2012
JISC have funded the White Rose Consortium of the libraries of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York and the Sheffield iSchool to develop learning materials about Research Data Management tailored for the needs of LIS professionals.
The project, RDMRose, will develop learning materials to be made available as Open Educational Resources for individual professionals to study as CPD and for other LIS educators to reuse, as well as for use in courses at Sheffield. Learning materials should begin to be available from January 2013.
RDM refers to “the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results”[1]. The need for universities to put in place support for Research Data Management has been driven by the data deluge and research funders’ mandates. LIS services around the world are currently trying to understand how they can best support researchers to follow good RDM practices. What is involved will vary between institutions, but a number of roles are emerging, such as in influencing policy, teaching students and researchers about best practice and offering advisory services.
RDMRose will clarify LIS roles in RDM and provide learning materials to help professionals acquire the skills they need to create dynamic and innovative services.

Project web site:
Contact: Andrew Cox

[1] Whyte, A., Tedds, J. (2011). ‘Making the Case for Research Data Management’. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: