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A focus group study on data sharing and research data management


There are growing calls that data from publicly funded research should be publicly available. And, while many academic institutions across the globe now mandate data sharing as part of a data management plan, there is often a gap in the training available to researchers.

Our guest on this edition of Epistemicast has sought to analyse and address this challenge. In an inspirational paper in the journal Nature, Devan Ray Donaldson, Associate Professor at Indiana University, has studied the data management practices of US scientists in a number of fields. He examined how various features within digital repositories can help serve them more effectively.

In our conversation, Donaldson outlines his study, its key findings, and provides details of the Data Repository Appropriateness Rubrik he has created to help researchers navigate and evaluate the, often confusing, technology options.

About Devan Ray Donaldson:
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/devan-donaldson-ph-d-78b1b058/
ORCID-ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-2304-6303

Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson is an Associate Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington. He directs the Master of Library Science Program and specializations in Archives and Records Management and Digital Curation. Donaldson is also Affiliated Faculty with the Data to Insight Center (D2I) at Indiana University. His research interests include: digital preservation, digital repositories, research data management, trust, and security. His research has been funded by the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the Regenstrief Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the United States Department of Energy.

He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2005, he studied abroad at Oxford University, Hertford College.

He has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar (2002-2015), a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow (2008-2015), an Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member since 2012, and a Research Data Alliance (RDA) US Data Share Fellow (2015-2016). Donaldson is a recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award.

Donaldson serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. He also serves on the Curriculum Committee, Graduate Programs Committee and the ILS Colloquium Committee for the Department of Information and Library Science. He is co-founder and co-chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) and co-chair of the Repository Platforms for Research Data Interest Group (RPRDIG).

About Raman Ganguly:
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/raman-ganguly-71497a37/
ORCID-ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-9837-0047

Raman Ganguly studied Media Engineering at the St. Pölten University of Applied Science, and is a Level C – IPMA project manager. During this time, he also worked as a commercial software developer and headed the web-development departments at two media agencies.

In 2008, Raman joined the team of the UniVie Computer Centre. And, since 2011 his principal focus has been the management and archival of research and educational data. In this capacity, he is responsible for designing the technical infrastructure of the University’s data management ecosystem, as well as ensuring the sustainable operation of technical infrastructure for long-term data preservation. He is the technical director of the PHAIDRA digital asset management system for long-term preservation, currently used by the University of Vienna and 21 institutions throughout Europe.

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