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Engaging Researchers with Data Management

Connie Clare
Maria Cruz
Elli Papadopoulou
et al.


Hilary Hanahoe

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  • 1 Mark D. Wilkinson et al., ‘The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardsh (...)

1Research data management is no longer a new or unknown concept for today’s researchers, but nonetheless it can be intimidating. Many universities, institutes, organisations, and funding agencies have guidelines, mandates, and even policies around data management. But that does not make the task any less daunting; indeed it often adds a complicated layer of work and effort to data-producing research activities. Domain- and discipline-specific data comes in all sizes and forms, so specialised information is required to facilitate correct research data management. In addition, in recent years the very important and highly popular ‘FAIR’ principles1 have been brought into the picture.

Fig. I. Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary-General, Research Data Alliance,

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2Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook has been compiled and edited by experts from the Research Data Alliance (RDA) to support anyone who helps researchers to understand and navigate their way around research data management and to find solutions. The RDA2 is an international forum building social and technical bridges to enable the sharing and re-use of research data. It offers open solutions to multiple stakeholders through outputs developed by focused Working Groups and Interest Groups. These groups are formed by volunteer experts from around the world and draw members from academia, the private sector and government. This publication is one such output.

3The Libraries for Research Data Interest Group3 is one of over 85 RDA groups and has already produced the highly successful 23 Things: Libraries for Research Data.4 This output is an overview of the practical, free, online resources and tools that you can begin using today to incorporate research data management into your practice of librarianship. The document is available in twelve languages and a 23 Things programme has been created and adapted into more than six domain-specific scenarios.

4The Cookbook is another wonderful output from this Interest Group and a concrete example of volunteer effort within the RDA community, as well as the continued contribution of the Libraries for Research Data Interest Group to RDA and the community at large.

5Collaboration, cooperation and co-creation are the hallmarks of the RDA and the Cookbook team’s activities. I am very grateful to each and every member of the large team of editors, authors, illustrators and case-study contributors for their effort and expertise.

6I sincerely hope that you, the readers, will be inspired and feel more engaged after reading this publication and, if you are a researcher, will join the cohort of colleagues who believe that research data management is not only less daunting than is generally believed, but also a win-win for your career.


1 Mark D. Wilkinson et al., ‘The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’, Scientific Data 3:160018 (2016),

2 Research Data Alliance,

3 Libraries for Research Data Interest Group,

4 Research Data Alliance, 23 Things: Libraries For Research Data,

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Légende Fig. I. Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary-General, Research Data Alliance,
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Secretary-General, Research Data Alliance


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