The Realities of Research Data Management

The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research lifecycle. In this series, we examine the context, influences, and choices higher education institutions face in building or acquiring RDM capacity—in other words, the infrastructure, services, and other resources needed to support emerging data management practices. Our findings are based on case studies of four institutions: University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), Monash University (Australia) and Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands), in four very different national contexts.

Part Three: Incentives - Forthcoming

Fundamental to any capacity acquisition process are the incentives that prompt decision-makers to take action. Two interrelated issues of particular importance are: the nature of the institutional problem that the acquisition of RDM capacity is perceived to solve; and the internal and external sources of pressure, petitioning and other inducements that motivate action to address that problem. This third report in the series will explore the incentives that inspired the acquisition of RDM capacity on the part of the four research universities described in our case studies, and seek both the general patterns and context-dependent circumstances that shaped these incentives.

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Rebecca Bryant
Senior Program Officer

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist

Constance Malpas
Strategic Intelligence Manager & Research Scientist

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