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Research & Data Management

Data Science Supporting Biomedical Research

Research & Data Management is concerned with the expansion of library services to include the management, curation, and dissemination of locally produced data sets resulting from large and small scale research. Research & Data Management describes the collaboration among computationally intensive science disciplines that create data sets that are captured, transported, stored, organized, accessed, mined, visualized, and interpreted in order to extract knowledge.

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The Research & Data Management role for librarians is characterized by interdisciplinary research collaboration and the collection, organization, and management of data. Responses to an Research & Data Management needs assessment conducted in August 2009 show that 2/3 of respondents work in libraries that do not provide Research & Data Management related services. However, almost one half of the respondents to the assessment can identify opportunities within their institutions for their libraries to participate in Research & Data Management information services. Respondents expressed a strong interest in Research & Data Management but identified a need for continuing education in science, digital curation, and library roles. 

Therefore, the Research & Data Management Program was started in order to provide various modes of learning about Research & Data Management principles, working concepts, and skills. The Research & Data Management initiative helps stimulate librarians and information professionals involved in the application of Research & Data Management practices. Activities such as the annual Symposium and Boot Camp offer opportunities for in-person formal learning modes.

The current initiatives of the NNLM New England Region Research & Data Management Program include:
  • Provide a regional infrastructure supporting data literacy, data management, and data curation
  • Provide web-based resources and curricular opportunities for librarians to retool their skills in data literacy, data management, data curation, and data preservation activities
  • Provide web-based resources and educational opportunities for researchers to learn data management best practices
  • Increase awareness amongst New England area librarians and researchers about Research & Data Management and how librarians support biomedical research
  • Collaboratively work with Network Members to support access to print and electronic biomedical and health information throughout the region
  • Provide and administer a funding program to support the access to biomedical and health information and data management programs described in this core​

In order to meet these program goals, a regional Advisory Board and supporting committees will drive the advancement of the Research & Data Management Program. These science and medical librarian experts within New England and other regions understand the needs of information professionals as well as other members of the research community.