The Realities of Research Data Management

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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 One of the series:  A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space, found at:
- Part Two of the series:  Scoping the University RDM Service Bundle at:
- Part Three of the series:  Incentives for building University RDM Services at:
- Part Four of the series:  Sourcing and Scaling RDM Services at:
In addition, supplemental material has been provided including in-depth profiles of each collaborating institution's RDM service spaces, a "Works in Progress Webinar:  Policy Realities in Research Data Management" with an accompanying three-part Planning Guide.  at:

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Rebecca Bryant
Brian Lavoie
Constance Malpas
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
OCLC Research
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0
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No fee
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data management
Data management implementation services
Data management planning
Data policy
Research Data Services (RDS)
Published / Broadcast: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017
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OCLC Research
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Contributor Organization(s): 
University of Edinburgh
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Monash University
Wageningen University and Research
Contact Person(s): 
Rebecca Bryant
Brian Lavoie
Constance Malpas
Contact Organization(s): 
OCLC Research
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Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Primary Source - artifact, document, recording, or other source of information created at the time under study and provides first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Data policymaker
Data professional
Data supporter
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)