Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, Vol 20 (2018)

Font Size:  Small  Medium  Large

Research Data Management Practices of Faculty Members

Haseeb Ahmad Piracha, Kanwal Ameen


The study aimed to explore the Research Data Management (RDM) practices of university faculty members through qualitative research design. The data was collected through semi-structured, in-depth interviews from purposely selected ten faculty members from the University of Punjab (PU). The study discovered some significant factors including RDM and curation practices, the amount of research data produced, the support needed for data curation and their willingness to share it. In addition, the study explored issues the researchers face with regards to RDM. The findings reveal that respondents need assistance regarding storage and security of data, improving the quality of backup, support for storage and preservation. They agreed with a need for a central repository of the University.


ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee. (2016). Top trends in academic libraries: a review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education. USA: C&RL News.  274-281.

Ameen, K., & Rafiq, M. (2017). Research Data Literacy and Management Skills of Pakistani Researchers. Paper presented at the The Fifth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL).

Averkamp, S., Gu, X., & Rogers, B. (2014). Data Management at the University of Iowa: A University Libraries Report on Campus Research Data Needs.

Berman, E. (2017). An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Researchers’ Data Management Practices at UVM: Integrated Findings to Develop Research Data Services. Journal of escience librarianship. e1104. doi: 10.7191/jeslib.2017.1104

Borgman, C. L. (2010). Research data who will share what, with whom, when, and why?   Retrieved from

Corrall, S., Kennan, M. A., & Afzal, W. (2013). Bibliometrics and research data management services: Emerging trends in library support for research. Library trends, 61(3), 636-674.

Drachen, T., Ellegaard, O., Larsen, A., & Dorch, S. (2016). Sharing data increases citations. Liber Quarterly, 26(2).

Jahnke, L., Asher, A., & Keralis, S. (2012). The problem of data. Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.bucknell. edu/fac_pubs/52.

Kim, J. (2015). Competency-based curriculum: an effective approach to digital curation education. Journal of education for library and information science. 56(4) 283.

Koltay, T. (2015). Data literacy: in search of a name and identity. Journal of Documentation, 71(2), 401-415.

MacMillan, D. (2014). Data sharing and discovery: What librarians need to know. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 40(5) 541-549.

Read, K. B., Surkis, A., Larson, C., McCrillis, A., Graff, A., Nicholson, J., & Xu, J. (2015). Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA. 103(3) 131.

Rice, R., & Southall, J. (2016). The data librarian’s handbook: Facet publishing.

Searle, S. (2015). Best practice guidelines for researchers: Managing research data and primary material: Griffith University.

Sewerin, C. (2015). Research data management faculty practices: A Canadian perspective.

Shen, Y. (2015). Research Data Sharing and Reuse Practices of AcademicFaculty Researchers: A Study of the Virginia Tech DataLandscape. International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(2), 157-175.

Si, L., Xing, W., Zhuang, X., Hua, X., & Zhou, L. (2015). Investigation and analysis of research data services in university libraries. The Electronic Library. 33(3) 417-449.

Steinhart, G., Chen, E., Arguillas, F., Dietrich, D., & Kramer, S. (2012). Prepared to plan? A snapshot of researcher readiness to address data management planning requirements. Journal of escience librarianship. 1(2) 1.

Tenopir, C., Allard, S., Douglass, K., Aydinoglu, A. U., Wu, L., Read, E., . . . Frame, M. (2011). Data sharing by scientists: practices and perceptions. PloS one. 6(6) e21101.

Tenopir, C., Birch, B., & Allard, S. (2012). Academic libraries and research data services. Current Practices and Plans for the Future. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Tenopir, C., Sandusky, R. J., Allard, S., & Birch, B. (2014). Research data management services in academic research libraries and perceptions of librarians. Library & Information Science Research. 36(2) 84-90.

The University of Melbourne. (2013). Management of research data and records. USA: Melbourne: The University of Melbourne.

Van Tuyl, S., & Michalek, G. (2015). Assessing research data management practices of faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.

Walters, T., & Skinner, K. (2011). New roles for new times: Digital curation for preservation: Association of Research Libraries.


Full Text: PDF


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.