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DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2012.1016

Abstract

Objective

This paper identifies a sample of research data curation and management courses available at American Library Association-accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) Programs in North America.

Methods

This sample was identified through a content analysis of LIS program course descriptions and syllabi (N=58). Using a framework of research data management and curation competencies, the team gathered a sample of research data curation and management courses offered between fall 2011 and summer 2012.

Results

Only 13 (22%) of LIS programs currently offer a course focused on the management and curation of research data.

Conclusion

Although the literature supports LIS professionals adopting new roles and engaging in eScience and data management, most LIS data-related programs do not have a separate course solely focused on research data management. More LIS programs will need to adapt their curricula in order to help students and practicing professionals develop the needed competencies in research data curation and management.

Keywords

research data management, data science, data management curriculum, data curation education

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