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.

Works in Progress Webinar Recordings

In this webinar series, OCLC Research staff discuss policy, understanding, incentives, and acquisition of RDM services. For more information that will support planning and decision making at institutions considering and developing RDM services, delve into resources around these webinars including a three-part Planning Guide

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OCLC Research encourages the reuse and distribution of our work by providing it with a CC By 4.0 license. For your convenience we have created Power Point slides for the most requested images, complete with suggested citation.  Please feel free to use these slides in your presentations or publications without the need to request further permission.

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University Service Profiles

The service profiles presented here were reviewed and confirmed by staff at Edinburgh University, Monash University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Wageningen University & Research. The profiles are descriptive inventories, with brief observations about the scope, organization and staffing of RDM services in these universities, prefaced with some remarks about the national context in which university RDM offer is embedded. The compilation of profiles is published by OCLC Research as supplementary, supporting material for The Realities of Research Data Management report series.


Suggested citation:

Bryant, Rebecca, Brian Lavoie, and Constance Malpas. 2017. The Realities of Research Data Management: Selected University RDM Service Profiles. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.

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Rebecca Bryant
Senior Program Officer

Brian Lavoie
Senior Research Scientist

Constance Malpas
Manager, Strategic Programs

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