We all know data should be FAIR—findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. This has become a rallying cry of our community. It is not a new concept, but the catchy phrasing has given it new visibility and urgency. Nonetheless, most research still has antiquated approaches to data sharing. That is changing in the Earth and space sciences at least.
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The RDA project “Engaging Researchers with Research Data - What works?”, part of the Libraries for Research Rata Interest Group, aims to collect information on data engagement activities undertaken by different stakeholders, to possibly identify patterns relevant to the type and size of organisations mapped to specific requirements and difficulties encountered in successfully running these activities.
Responsibility is something everyone has to deal with every day. On one hand, responsibility means that there are organizational duties to carry out such as finishing projects in time or taking care of working resources. On the other hand, responsibility is always linked to power, as it means to control something and someone - or better expressed by a famous quote connected to the Spiderman comics: “with great power comes great responsibility”.
As a researcher at the beginning of her career, the experience at the RDA 13th Plenary was fundamental to greater involvement in the dynamics of the research data management. With a background in Information Science and as a PhD student in Digital Media, it is a concern to involve the various aspects of information management with the new data management directives that emerge for science.
There is no challenge in research data management that can be met exclusively with a technical approach. But, on the other hand, there is also no such challenge that can be solved without it. This is my take-away message from the 13th RDA plenary.
It is a common figure to separate social from technical aspects of the challenges we face in research data management. Oftentimes, they are even treated as antagonists: