Science & Data Management Librarian/Head of Technology Services
Central Washington University
This project is to analyze the needs of Central Washington University (CWU) researchers for research data management services (RDS) through an assessment and evaluation process, and to discuss the possibility of developing an RDS program at CWU Libraries. A survey was designed to assess and evaluate CWU researchers’ needs for RDS and to explore the feasibility of launching an RDS at CWU Libraries. Through analyzing the survey results, this study found that the researchers’ needs in a regional comprehensive university such as CWU could be quite different from those of researchers in a research-intensive university. Thus, with limited budget and resources, a regional comprehensive university library should make an in-depth assessment and evaluation to have a better understanding of its researchers’ needs before launching an RDS program. Also, a regional comprehensive university library should consolidate its current resources and focus on the services derived from the assessment and evaluation process.