General track 3: Scholarly workflows
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Supporting Tools in Institutional Repositories as Part of the Research Data Lifecycle
Griffith University, Australia
Online tools are critical to undertake successful research. Researchers use software tools as an integral part of the research process to process, manage, and integrate data from multiple sources. However, while institutional repositories are tackling challenges around supporting research data, little attention has been paid to the implications for repositories in supporting the increasingly complex tools which are used in the data lifecycle. Tools and workflows can play an important role in building quality repositories. This increasing use of tools has implications for not only researchers but also the institutions who manage those repositories.
Based on existing models such as scientific workflow repositories and Virtual Research Environments, this presentation will discuss the use of tools and their role in the data repository ecosystem, with specific reference to implications for institutions.
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Research Offices As Vital Factors In The Implementation Of Research Data Management Strategies
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
The paper describes the vital role of staff in the research office in the implementation of the research data management (RDM) strategy of a German university and resulting new roles and responsibilities.
The university's RDM strategy includes an institutional data repository as well as a comprehensive support structure ranging from guidance to in-depth consultancy throughout the data life cycle provided by a service unit composed of staff in the research office, the library and IT services.
In order to achieve a cultural change in the researchers' behavior the main emphasis in the implementation strategy was placed on an early contact with researchers in the research project's life cycle. An early contact with researchers in the project planning phase, gives the opportunity to engage in awareness building for data managing planning with at the same time the provision of support. For this reason a new member was introduced in the research office to give comprehensive guidance and support in data managing planning during the grant application phase and the subsequent project lifetime.
There is a need to train staff in research offices accordingly to their new responsibilities, also training should acknowledge relevant national characteristics.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Towards Researcher Participation in Research Information Management Systems
1Texas A&M University, United States of America; 2Florida State University, United States of America; 3Queens College, The City University of New York, United States of America
This presentation reports the preliminary findings of a study, which examines how researchers use research information management (RIM) systems (e.g., Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and ORCID) and their motivations for participating in RIM systems. Guided by activity theory and a literature analysis, the study used semi-structured interviews and a survey to collect data from researchers recruited from institutions classified as universities with very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The preliminary findings of the study include (1) nine researcher activities and motivations for using RIM systems, (2) three levels of researcher participation in RIM systems, (3) five types of information quality problems in RIM systems, (4) 12 information quality criteria researchers perceived important in RIM systems, (5) a typology of RIM services, and (6) user-editable metadata elements used by three RIM systems. In addition, the study identified a need of system integration among RIM systems, institutional repositories, and identifier systems; and developed a set of design recommendations to better support researchers’ RIM needs.