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Research Data Management: Survey Results
Support for Research Data Management among
U.S. Academic Institutions:
Results from a National Survey
The evolving landscape of scholarly production presents academic libraries with new opportunities and
challenges for curating, managing, and preserving the inputs and outputs of research and scholarship. To
better gauge librarians' expectations and perceptions of research data management the Texas Center for
Digital Knowledge and the University Libraries at the University of North Texas conducted a survey of
librarians from 200 U.S. research institutions in Fall 2010. The survey, Support for Research Data
Management among U.S. Academic Institutions, intended to survey current librarian efforts and attitudes
towards management of research data and the role of librarians in supporting scholarship as research
data increasingly becomes digital. This report presents the results of the survey.
2. Overview of the Survey and Respondents
The survey questionnaire contained eight closed-ended questions, with a number of the questions
providing for comments by the respondents. The survey was divided into three sections; 1) Librarians'
Priorities in Managing Research Data; 2) Librarians' Role in Managing Research Data; and 3) Building
Competencies in Research Data Management. None of the items were mandatory. See Attachment A for
a copy of the survey instrument.
The 200 institutions receiving the survey were selected were based on the amount of NSF funding each
received in the previous three years. Requests for participation were delivered to Library Deans and
Directors via email. The Deans and Directors were asked to distribute the request to complete the survey
with other library staff they deemed appropriate to complete the survey. The survey was administered
online using Lime Survey.
A total of 68 usable and complete responses were received for a response rate of 34%. No personally
identifying information was requested; all respondents were anonymous. No information regarding the
institution was collected. However, using the IP addresses of the responses, we are able to get a sense
of the geographic distribution of the respondents. The following shows the geographic distribution of the
3. Survey Results
This section presents the results for each of the survey questions. Included for each question are:
* Frequency count of respondents' answers
* Percentage for each answer
* Respondent comments for questions including a text response option.
3.1. Question 1
Do you believe librarians should play a role in managing researchers' digital data?
Answer Count Percentage
Yes 68 100.0%
No 0 0.0%
Total 68 100%
Texas Center for Digital Knowledge February 2011
Texas Center for Digital Knowledge
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Moen, William E. & Halbert, Martin. Support for Research Data Management among U.S. Academic Institutions: Results from a National Survey, report, January 26, 2012; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181695/m1/3/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.