The DataRes Project

The DataRes Project, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians grant from the IMLS, investigates how the library and information science (LIS) profession can best respond to emerging needs of research data management in universities. DataRes is a collaboration between the University of North Texas Libraries, the UNT College of Information, and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

As American federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services now mandate data management plans as requirements for submitting research grant applications, universities across the country are now struggling to develop consistent policies and programmatic implementations for institutional data management functions. This project will analyze policies implemented at research institutions in response to federal requirements to identify observable trends in data management policy. A series of focus groups will seek to determine the expectations of key stakeholders in the research cycle regarding roles, responsibilities, and professional training for data managers, and to develop recommendations about the role of university libraries in supporting the data management needs of researchers.

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Findings

The DataRes Report: Research Data Management: Principles, Practice, and Prospects