Occupational sub-cultures, jurisdictional struggle and Third Space: theorising professional service responses to Research Data Management

VERBAAN, Eddy and COX, Andrew M. (2014). Occupational sub-cultures, jurisdictional struggle and Third Space: theorising professional service responses to Research Data Management. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40 (3-4), 211-219.

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Abstract

Effective Research Data Management (RDM) is becoming an increasing concern in UK universities as a result of mandates from research funders. The study explored the usefulness of theories of occupational sub-culture, jurisdictional struggle and Third Space to understand how librarians, IT staff and research administrators view developing services to support RDM. Data were collected through 20 semi-structured interviews with staff in the Library, IT Services and Research Office of a research intensive university in Northern England. The notion of occupational sub-culture directs attention to the different ways professional services view RDM. Broadly speaking, IT Services focussed on short term data storage; Research Office on compliance and research quality; librarians on preservation and advocacy. In terms of Abbott’s theories, the Library was the only department claiming a new jurisdiction in RDM. This could be seen as an extension of its existing jurisdiction in Open Access and Information Literacy. The other departments claimed to be short of resources to take on such a complex project. Some interviewees feared RDM might be risky and demand lots of resources. Third Space theory is a powerful way to think about roles that might emerge in a new intra-professional space as RDM services become a reality.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Library Services
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2014.02.008
Depositing User: Eddy Verbaan
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 16:16
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 16:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17724

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