When it comes to delivering on Research Data Services, collaboration among Europe’s academic research libraries is key, according to one recent survey.
The survey, which was conducted by a group of internationally renowned researchers in collaboration with LIBER’s Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures Committee and DataONE, showed that almost all European academic research libraries work with colleagues inside and outside of their institutions, to ensure that today’s scientific data is curated in a way which will make it accessible, shareable and reusable in future.
The survey — which reflects answers from a representative sample of research libraries in 22 countries across Europe — also revealed that:
- Libraries currently offer more consultative-type RDS services (eg. how to find information on Data Management Plans, metadata standards, or data citation practices) than technological services (eg. own storage solutions);
- Less than half of libraries say their institutions currently have policies relating to RDS;
- Two-thirds of library directors express strongly that libraries need to offer RDS to remain relevant.
The full results of the survey can be downloaded. The raw data underlying the survey has also been published on Zenodo, and key figures are presented in the infographic below.