The expansion of research data availability and production has highlighted the need for proper training in data stewardship. Recent years have seen both incentivized and mandated research data management plans enacted by institutions and funding agencies as a way of supporting more open and integrated data-intensive research. Despite the advancement of data management as a practice and profession, those charged with maintaining and curating research data remain understudied. By investigating what and how data management is realized and who is involved, a discussion on the current educational needs, the trajectory of professions, and an assessment of potential educational needs of those entering the workforce can progress. A job analysis survey was developed to validate the tasks identified from two prior interview studies of Earth Science data managers. This survey was distributed to the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners membership and responses validate prior job analyses work as well as provide other educational consideration related to tools and necessary skills to conduct frequent job tasks. The most frequent activities and necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities of current data managers will inform future avenues of inquiry, provide context for current research, and direct research data management education.
Job Analyses of Earth Science Data Managers: A Survey Validation of Competencies to Inform Curricula in Research Data Management Education
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, School of Information Sciences, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Matthew MayernikRelated information
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), NCAR/UCAR Library, Boulder, Colorado, United States Peter OrganisciakRelated information
University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Denver, Colorado, United States
Bradley Bishop is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Bishop has an MLIS from the University of South Florida and a PhD from Florida State University. His research focus is on research data management, data discovery, geographic information science, as well as the study of data occupations, education, and training. Email: wade.
Matthew Cowan is an Associate Community and Knowledge Manager with LogRhythm. His work involves the organization and distribution operational knowledge for cybersecurity practitioners. He completed his MSIS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Email: mcowan10@vols.
Hannah Collier is a metadata coordinator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Data Center. Her work involves making atmospheric science data more easily findable and accessible. She has an M.L.I.S from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Email: harmenda@vols.
Matthew Mayernik is a Project Scientist and Research Data Services Specialist in the NCAR/UCAR Library. He is also the Deputy Director of the NCAR Library. His work is focused on research and service development related to research data curation. His research interests include metadata practices and standards, data curation education, data citation and identity, and social and institutional aspects of research data. He is a member of the Committee on Open Environmental Information Services (COEIS) within the American Meteorological Society, and the Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal. Email: mayernik@ucar.
Peter Organisciak is an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver. The focus of his research is non-consumptive access and tools for research over large digital libraries. His areas of interest include large scale text analysis and machine learning in information science. His current funded work is developing methods for measuring creativity in elementary-aged children. Email: Peter.