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New study on management practices and needs of U of M researchers

Take the survey now: Findings will inform Libraries in improving research support services

July 22, 2015 — 

The University of Manitoba Libraries has embarked on a new research study to discover the data management practices and needs of researchers at the U of M, including faculty, graduate students, research associates, librarians.

As Canada’s Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) propose to mandate a data management plan in the grant application process, findings from this study will inform the Libraries in improving research support services.

Responses from researchers will go a long way to ensure that this study, soon to be administered university-wide, will be effective in assessing the very important data management needs of researchers throughout our organization. Researchers will be surveyed from a wide range of disciplines, from Health/Natural Sciences to Social Sciences/Humanities, to explore issues around managing quantitative/qualitative data, but also other types of data like textual, video, and audio materials.

This study (REB approved) consists of two phases: an online survey and interviews.

In the first phase, researchers affiliated with the university are asked to complete a short, online survey about the type, quantity, and state of data produced and managed. In the second phase, we will conduct interviews with researchers recruited from across disciplines, to further study data management practices and needs by capturing data workflows of their recent research projects. The online survey is now live.

For further information about this research study, see the study’s webpage: and contacts below.



Mayu Ishida, Research Services Librarian


Jordan Bass, Medical Archivist

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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