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Why Won’t They Just Adopt Good Research Data Management Practices? An Exploration of Research Teams and Librarians’ Role in Facilitating RDM Adoption

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Clara Llebot ,

Oregon State University, US
About Clara
I am the Data Management Specialist in Oregon State University. My job involves helping researchers with their data management challenges, specially around writing data management plans for grant proposals and depositing datasets in repositories. I am interested in how data management plans can be more useful throughout the research process, and in data curation and preservation. I am also interested in identifying ways to help researchers more efficiently, targeting their specific needs. My background is in Oceanography. I have a PhD in Ocean Sciences by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and during my dissertation and postdoc I worked with lots of different kinds of datasets. Having been a researcher for 10 years myself, I understand the motivations and pressures that researchers face, and I am in a good position to support them in a realistic way.
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Hannah Gascho Rempel

Oregon State University, US
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Abstract

Adoption of good research data management practices is increasingly important for research teams. Despite the work the research community has done to define best data management practices, these practices are still difficult to adopt for many research teams. Universities all around the world have been offering Research Data Services to help their research groups, and libraries are usually an important part of these services. A better understanding of the pressures and factors that affect research teams may help librarians serve these groups more effectively. The social interactions between the members of a research team are a key element that influences the likelihood of a research group successfully adopting best practices in data management. In this article we adapt the Unified Theory of the Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model (Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, & Davis, 2003) to explain the variables that can influence whether new and better, data management practices will be adopted by a research group. We describe six moderating variables: size of the team, disciplinary culture, group culture and leadership, team heterogeneity, funder, and dataset decisions. We also develop three research group personas as a way of navigating the UTAUT model, and as a tool Research Data Services practitioners can use to target interactions between librarians and research groups to make them more effective.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2321
How to Cite: Llebot, C. and Rempel, H.G., 2021. Why Won’t They Just Adopt Good Research Data Management Practices? An Exploration of Research Teams and Librarians’ Role in Facilitating RDM Adoption. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 9(1), p.eP2321. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2321
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Published on 21 Feb 2021.
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