Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Preparedness for Open Science through Research Data Management at the University of Zambia in COVID-19 and Post-COVID Eras
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This paper presents the findings of a study on readiness of the University of Zambia in participating in research data management services in the COVID-19 and post Covid eras. The study adopted a qualitative research method and employed purposive sampling. In-depth interviews were conducted with key informants in the University. Findings reveal a lack of awareness and knowledge about research data management among senior officers and inadequate skills among library staff. On a positive note, the University has a robust information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure supported by qualified information technology (IT) staff. It was further discovered that the University did not have a research data management policy. This paper provides a framework for the University to operationalize research data management services. The study recommends development of a research data management policy; conducting awareness campaigns; investing in skills training for library staff, and constituting research teams to deal with issues of research data management.