More from: Research Data

Research data management: over-reliance on the lifecycle metaphor – and alternatives

A few years ago, if asked to represent data we would probably have immediately thought of the pyramid model: with data lying at the base of the pyramid and information, knowledge and wisdom laid out above it. This visualisation is based on the idea that a mass of “raw” data is the foundation from which different levels of understanding are successively refined. Another important metaphor and visualisation is the store or repository. This represents data as captured, stored, used, managed and preserved. It is based on the idea of data as static and basing services on or around it. It […]


Practice of Research Data Management: Findings from an IFLA Project on Data Curators

In a project of the IFLA section “Library Theory and Research” (LTR) the profession of data curators was analyzed. Dr Anna Maria Tammaro and Dr Krystyna Matusiak answered our interview questions to tell us about the project findings. What was the aim of the study? The project of the IFLA section Library Theory and Research (LTR), entitled “Data curator: who is s/he?”, aimed to identify the roles, responsibilities, activities, and concerns of practicing data curators around the world. The main objectives of the project were: To prepare a vocabulary (a list of terms in hierarchical structure) and possibly an ontology, […]


Interview: How Open Science is changing the Landscape of Academic Libraries

In his master thesis Dr Thomas Gerdes dealt with the topic “The Open Science Movement and its significance for the academic libraries – An Analysis of Position Papers and Development Perspectives” (link in German). The focus was on a target-actual comparison and the development perspectives for open science in academic libraries. We asked him about it. How did you proceed in your master thesis? The term “open science” sums up heterogeneous aspirations for a more open science. What open science means for academic libraries is discussed in a variety of position papers and other publications. My work compares the target […]


NMC Horizon Report 2017 Library Edition: Digital Citizenship fördern

Am 23. März wurde der NMC Horizon Report 2017 Library Edition veröffentlicht. Wie in den vorhergehenden Reports für wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken ist er in die gewohnten Kategorien eingeteilt: wichtige Technologieentwicklungen für Bibliotheken, Trends sowie Herausforderungen, die die Übernahme neuer Technologien in Bibliotheken beschleunigen beziehungsweise behindern. Diesen sind, jeweils untergliedert nach kurz-, mittel- oder längfristigem Horizont beziehungsweise abgestuft nach dem Schwierigkeitsgrad, jeweils sechs Themen zugeordnet. Trendthemen im Zeitverlauf Zu den Neuerungen des Reports zählt ein Überblick über die Themen der bisherigen drei NMC Horizon Reports Library Edition von 2014, 2015 und nun 2017. Auf einen Blick wird so ersichtlich, wie sich die Themen […]


From Vision to Action? The Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science

At the Amsterdam Conference on Open Science hosted by the Netherlands’ EU Presidency on April 4 and 5 2016 the Dutch presidency presented the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science. It formulates twelve action items striving for full Open Access for all scientific publications and a new approach for optimal reuse of research data…