What is Research Data Management?
The importance of effective Research Data Management (RDM) and sharing practices in research is nowadays highly recognized by funding bodies, governments, publishers, and research institutions. The commitment to the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) principles (Wilkinson et al., 2016) is not only a requirement by funders, but it is also one of the key principles of the global Open Science Movement, which incorporates Open Source Software (OSS); Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Access (OA), etc. that are all fundamental to the concept of “Open Knowledge”.
The Research Data Stewardship project is a new initiative undertaken by the Rhodes University Library Services and affiliated divisions and partners at Rhodes. It aims to create mature working practices and policies regarding research data management across all Rhodes faculties and research institutes. The success of this project relies largely on the adoption and ownership of this innovation by Faculty and the research community at Rhodes. On the one hand, the Library has taken a valiant step towards the recruitment of a Principal Librarian – Digital Scholarship for research data management stewardship, this process is currently underway.
Further to enabling Research Data Stewardship, Rhodes University Library has implemented the Figshare solution to allow for research data management. The Rhodes Research Data platform
Why is research data management important?
Managing research data is usually an integral part of the research process, so you probably already do it. Most of the activities should be familiar: naming files so you can find them quickly; keeping track of different versions, and deleting those not needed; backing up valuable data and outputs, and controlling who has access to your data. (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/
A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that describes the data used within a researcher project. This includes: