June 24, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor

Libraries and research data: Towards a new leadership role


Several institutions are stepping up their capacity for training and support for research data management. In this workshop we will examine some of their experiences in this area, surveying the types of support services that are needed, and the various ways in which libraries are implementing them. We will demonstrate the new training that is being provided, and how this is being embedded into existing provision, as well as the role played by data interviews understanding researchers’ workflows and needs.

In most cases the starting point is university policy on research data management, which provides a framework for good data management practices. In addition, research funders increasingly require researchers to provide information as part of their funding proposals on how they will manage research data for their projects. In order to help researchers with these tasks, several forms of support are being developed by facilitators within the university. However, there remains a gap between policy and practice, between ideals and their implementation. The goal of this workshop is to provide practical suggestions, concrete ideas, and best practices to fill this gap.

In Part One (Tuesday 23 June), we will look at RDM policies and the forms of support they are stimulating. General policies are often sparse in detail; disciplinary policies, on the other hand often provide more practical suggestions for RDM support.

Issues addressed in Part One:

  • How to link strategy, policies and partnerships for data support?
  • What do institutional and disciplinary RDM policies entail?
  • What forms of support can be derived from these policies?
  • What do research funders expect and how can researchers be supported?
  • Which department is responsible for which forms of support?


Welcome and introduction to the workshop; Wolfram Horstmann, Birgit Schmidt, University of Göttingen; Rob  Grim, Radboud University

Libraries and research data management: Towards a new leadership role; Wolfram Horstmann

Keynote: Research data management: The researcher’s perspective; Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield

Strategies for data support

1. Research data as a research output, data typology; Mike Mertens, RLUK

2. Data management plans based on digital workflow and role models: A report on a DMP project within the frame of e-Infrastructures Austria

Translating policy into RDM support

3. Translating policy into RDM support at Radboud University; Mijke Jetten, Radboud University

4. Translating policy into RDM support at the University of Edinburgh; Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, University of Glasgow

Hands-on: Translating policy into support, Session chair: Birgit Schmidt.

Facilitators: Paolo Budroni, Rob Grim, Mijke Jetten, Sarah Jones, Maaike Messelink, Mike Mertens, Barbara Sánchez Solís

Participants work in groups and use an institutional or policy from different research areas to set up a support model (3-4 examples altogether).

Tasks for each group:

–              Agree on a rapporteur.

–              Read the policy individually.


In Part Two of the workshop (Wednesday 24 June), we will examine experiences with RDM training, i.e. which groups are targeted, what materials used, and what strategies are applied. We will discuss how to move towards providing practical advice for writing research data management plans. Training efforts will certainly help raise awareness, in particular among young researchers. But this does not seem to be sufficient for establishing working relationships that last beyond the event. Therefore, further effort is needed to turn awareness into opportunities for closer collaboration and hands-on training.

Issues addressed in Part Two:

  • Training for RDM: Which are the most effective models, methods, and learning objectives?
  • Writing and reviewing data management plans, data interviews, and more.



Welcome and introduction to the workshop, recap of day 1 Wolfram Horstmann, Birgit Schmidt, University of Göttingen; Rob Grim, Radboud University

Data management training and support for data management plans

1. Opportunities to tune your training through FOSTER Dan North, LIBER

2. Supporting researchers with data management plans: providing guidance, tools and reviewing Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

3. Reviewing data management plans for Horizon 2020 grant proposals Mari Elisa Kuusniemi, University of Helsinki

Hands-on:  How to review data management plans?

Session chair: Birgit Schmidt

Facilitators: Paolo Budroni, Rob Grim, Sarah Jones, Dan North, Mijke Jetten, Mari Elisa Kuusniemi, Maaike Messelink, Barbara Sánchez Solís

Participants review data management plans (DMPs) in groups by research area: humanities, social sciences, sciences. All groups agree on a rapporteur and report back about their results.

Tasks for each group:

–              Agree on a rapporteur.

–              Read the DMP individually.

–              Consider the researcher’s perspective, what kind of data is under consideration, how is it collected?

–              Make notes or comments and collect questions for clarification and refinement of the plan.

–              Discuss the main points and make summary.

In addition, please come up with one recommendation on how LIBER could help to strengthen the role of libraries in this activity area.

Outcomes & next steps

Wolfram Horstmann, all rapporteurs and facilitators

Each group has 5 minutes to report their results to the plenary including one recommended next step.