Scholars have been creating data as part of their research for centuries. However, the term data management has emerged as an important theme in academia as technology has allowed the data created during the research process to be easily transformed into a primary resource for others.
Recently numerous research funding agencies have begun requiring a data management plan be included along with any application for research grants. Some funding agencies also require associated grant-funded research data be made available in a repository.
It is a document that explains the most basic aspects of a research project: such as research team responsibilities, security storage and preservation provisions and permissions of use.
Admittedly, "researchers are more interested in conducting their work than in managing and organizing the data behind it, and this is where librarians can provide valuable services and support ."
Data curation can require significant technological and organizational resources. Libraries have traditionally fit this role, and HKBU Library has a dedicated unit devoted to working with researchers and helping them curate data created during their research process.
HKBU Library can assist researchers in ensuring their research data can successfully pass through its lifecycle: organization, description, dissemination and preservation.
For more information on the importance of data management and data sharing in academia, see New York University Health Science Library's dramatization:
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 Krier, L., & Strasser, C. A. (2014). Data Management for Libraries: A LITA Guide. Chicago: ALA Techsource.
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