A recent survey by the European University Association showed that almost 40% of universities in their sample lacked research data management (RDM) policies and were not in the process of developing any. But, what are the main issues faced by RDM-focused staff?
According to this article, the main issues are:
- Definitions: a challenge is to communicate to all researchers what data is and what are their different forms.
- Compliance with funder requirements, copyright law, data protection and privacy (incl. GDPR) and institutional policies.
- Complexity of the RDM landscape: practices, stakeholders and systems involved when data is created, managed, used, shared and preserved.
- People: a lack of communication, between university departments, with and between researchers, between funders and researchers/universities, between universities and external partners