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RDA Professionalising Data Stewardship - Data Stewardship Landscape Initial Report

Wildgaard, Lorna; Rantasaari, Jukka

Engelhardt, Claudia; Pinnick, Jaana

This report is based on a literature review published by the Research Data Alliance Professionalising Data Stewardship Interest Group (RDA PDS-IG) Training sub-group in October 2022. A framework for the literature collection was devised before the literature search began, based on common concepts of the division of the research disciplines. The literature search was conducted between March 2021 and July 2021. The selection was verified in a cross-walk exercise, where common terminologies were tracked across different ontologies to learn more about concepts and disciplinary differences and commonalities in research data management (RDM). In the reference management software Zotero, folders were created to structure the literature into the following categories: data stewardship; education and training of data stewards; RDM education; training materials; data management plan templates; documents about the skills needed to support EOSC and FAIR principles; data management in the humanities, industry, life sciences, natural sciences, public institutions and the social sciences. Further, the aim was to identify papers concerning the RDM needs of researchers and data stewards and their role in the RDM life cycle. The screening resulted in 125 papers that are used as the knowledge base for this report.

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