Research Data Needs Assessment Study by the University of Iowa

The data management report, authored by Shawn Averkamp, Xiaomei Gu, and Ben Rogers, presents survey and interview findings from their recent data needs assessment study. This report was commissioned by the University of Iowa Libraries with the intention of performing a survey of the campus landscape and identifying gaps in data management services. The first stage of data collection consisted of a survey conducted during summer 2012 to which 784 responses were received. The second phase of data collection consisted of approximately 40 in-depth interviews with individuals from the campus and were completed during summer 2013. Findings are presented within five broad areas of data management: 1) data management planning, 2) data storage, 3) data organization and analysis, 4) data publishing and dissemination and, 5) sensitive data and compliance, with additional findings reported in the areas of research culture and funding models.

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