Libraries’ New Role in Research Data Management: The Case of Denmark

Academic libraries and RDM: Current trends and visions in Denmark

Research libraries’ new role in research data management has been widely discussed around the world. In the following article in LIBER Quarterly, F. Kruse and J. B. Thestrup discuss current trends and visions in Denmark.

This paper presents the findings of a research project carried out under the auspices of DEFF (Danmarks Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek — Denmark’s Electronic Research Library) to analyse how the Danish universities store, preserve and provide access to research data. It shows that they do not have a common IT-infrastructure for research data management. This paper describes the various paths chosen by individual universities and research institutions, and the background for their strategies of research data management. Among the main reasons for the uneven practices are the lack of a national policy in this field, the different scientific traditions and cultures and the differences in the use and organization of IT-services.

You can find a full text of this article here.

European Commission Launches Pilot to Open Up Publicly Funded Research Data

The Commission recognizes research data as important as publications

In our recent Data Forward entry, we drew your attention to Horizon 2020. Here is a related news about the pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020.

Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation. For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open Research Data Pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion.

Continue reading about this Pilot….

Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures

Draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 in the area of “European research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)” now available

For those interested, the “Research Infrastructures” draft work programme is now available. Themes that might be of particular interesting to our DF site visitors include:

  • EINFRA-1-2014 – Managing, preserving and computing with big research data: including “Services to ensure the quality and reliability of the e-infrastructure, including certification mechanisms for repositories and certification services to test and benchmark capabilities in terms of resilience and service continuity of e-infrastructures;”
  • EINFRA-2-2014 – e-Infrastructure for Open Access: including “Developing proof of concept and prototyping new services in support of open science (e.g. new forms of publishing, innovative services based on data mining, new forms of peer review etc.), assisting researchers and educators in everyday tasks”
  • EINFRA-3-2014 – Towards global data e-infrastructures – Research Data Alliance
  • INFRASUPP-4-2015 – New professions and skills for e-infrastructures: “Formal education for emerging professions of e-infrastructure operators, research technologists (including those possessing computational skills, e.g. in parallel programming), data scientists or “data librarians” hardly exists today. Professional recognition of these communities and the development of appropriate curricula, training and skills are crucial to ensure effective services to institution staff and students.”

EC Report From Public Consultation on Open Research Data

The European Commission has published a report of its public consultation on open research data, held in July in Brussels

The report summarizes the views of a wide variety of stakeholders (eg. researchers, industry, research funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers) in response to five key questions: 

  1. How can we define research data and what types of data should be open?
  2. When and how does openness need to be limited?
  3. How should the issue of data re-use be addressed?
  4. Where should research data be stored and made accessible?
  5. How can we enhance data awareness and a culture of sharing?

 In addition to the online report published by the EC, you can read about LIBER’s views on the importance of this work for research libraries. Is Moving Forward is Moving Forward: New Repositories and Functionalities

The goal of is to create a global registry of research data repositories. The registry will cover research data repositories from different academic disciplines. will present repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. In the course of this mission aims to promote a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data.

The number of indexed research data repositories has grown significantly. Currently lists 611 research data repositories. 398 of these are described in detail using the vocabulary.

More information about is available at:

Ten Recommendations on Research Data Management: What’s Next?

10 Recommendations on Research Data Management: What’s Next?

Presentation by Rob Grim, Chair of the SII Working Group
Head of Research Support/Research Data Specialist
Library & IT Services

Scientific Information Infrastructure (SII) Working Group, Munich, LIBER Conference, June 26, 2013.

Slides are available here:

Europe’s Open Data Pilot

Joint statement on Europe’s Open Data Pilot from OpenAIRE, LIBER, and COAR

The European Commission is developing an Open Data Pilot. It will look at research data generated in projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework, with the aim of stimulating the data sharing culture among researchers and facilitating both the re-use of information and data-driven science. As organisations with a strong interest in Open Data, OpenAIRE, LIBER and COAR would like to give their views on the current situation and make recommendations for an effective Open Data Pilot….

To read more: Horizon 2020: Outline of a Pilot for Open Research Data