Conducting a Science Data Services Needs Assessment
The science data services librarian is a relatively new position at the University of Oregon Libraries, and has provoked conversations about the libraries’ vision for data management. An initial project of this position has been the development and implementation of a science data services needs assessment for researchers in the natural sciences. Faculty in biology, chemistry, human physiology, geology, physics, and psychology were interviewed. The assessment and ongoing conversations with faculty are guiding the next steps in developing research data services. The assessment laid the groundwork for greater collaboration among stakeholders, and provided an entree for conversations about the utility of library and information management skills toward meeting data management needs. The poster summarizes the development and implementation of the assessment, including resources, such as the Data Audit Framework (DCC/HATII) and data curation profiles (Purdue Libraries), that were sources for many of the interview questions. It also relates some of the outcomes of the assessment, and some of the issues and barriers that were encountered.
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