Brainstorming on data literacy: Bringing out the best practices by mind mapping
Conference contribution, 2018

Research data related issues are incoming trends, and there is a globally increasing interest in data management and sharing. Research data literacy involves all dimensions of information literacy that are required for the creation, management, and reuse of research data. Generally, there is an urge to develop and deploy new initiatives, collaboration, services and resources to meet the scholarly needs at various stages of the research process (Koltay 2017).
As an introduction to the workshop, the actions and practices on data literacy and management addressed at the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) will be presented.
An online survey was sent to all researchers at Chalmers in November 2017 and responses were collected during November and December 2017 (N ≈ 3170). The topics covered were data management issues, the extent of researchers’ data literacy skills and their attitudes towards sharing research data. A significant finding from the survey—which became a source of inspiration for this workshop—was the respondents’ positive stance towards receiving research data training. Findings from the Swedish survey will be both presented and compared with previous studies in other countries (see Chowdhury, Boustany, Kurbanoğlu, Ünal, and Walton, 2017).
UEF Library has actively focused on research data management services during the past two years. The research support team of the library offers training for graduate students e.g. as a part of the Research Information Retrieval and Management course. The study material of the module-built course is openly available for everyone and the research data module is executed online by the flipped classroom method. In addition, the UEF metadata repository for research data is under development.
The main goal of this workshop is to share ideas and experiences about data literacy and management conducted in different countries and organisations. This means defining the concept, discussions, revealing the organisational policies and strategies, as well as considering the possibilities, challenges, and potential risks related to it. The interactive teamwork will be conducted using a collaborative mind map tool (e.g. Canva, Padlet). The outputs will be rounded up and shared, and the best practices are hoped to be widely spread. This workshop will be aimed at all interested in working with research data.
Chowdhury, G., Boustany, J., Kurbanoğlu, S., Ünal, Y., & Walton, G. (2017) Preparedness for Research Data Sharing: A Study of University Researchers in Three European Countries. In Choemprayong S., Crestani F., & Cunningham S. (Eds). Digital Libraries: Data, Information, and Knowledge for Digital Lives. ICADL 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10647. Springer, Cham, pp. 104-116.
Koltay, T. (2017). Data literacy for researchers and data librarians. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 49(1), 3–14.

data management

data literacy

research data


Marco Schirone

Chalmers, Communication and Learning in Science, Information Literacy for Learning and Research

Kaisa Hartikainen

University of Eastern Finland

The Sixth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL)
Oulu, Finland,

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