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Putting data into context
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This article was originally published by Research Information, republished here with their permission. Anne Powell responds to an article in Research Information as she reflects on why predictions on library budget increases in developing markets need to be treated with caution. A recent article in Research Information, with the headline ‘Libraries in developing markets to see biggest budget increases‘ summarized a recent piece of research by Publishers Communication Group. This story and the research it reported on made me think about the use of numbers and how these need to be applied in context, which ties in strongly with INASP’s first principle of responsible business engagement about understanding the country context. It is always good to read positive stories about the role of libraries in Africa (and other developing regions). However, we are well aware that there are disparities between countries, and indeed between institutions within each country, which a … Continue reading

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What is the role of a librarian in Research Data Management?
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Last week (6 December 2013), I went along to the annual workshop of the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL) at Keble College, Oxford. The title of the conference was Research Data Management: Finding our Role and the focus was not on the technical aspects of the subject, but rather on the role that librarians can and are indeed playing in this increasingly important area. A hot topic The whole area of data management has become a hot topic in recent times. Back in 2010 LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche / Association of European Research Libraries) established an “E-Science working group” to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of e-science.  After three workshops, the final one taking place in Tartu, June 2012, the group proposed ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management.

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