Research Data Management: Are Turkish Researchers Prepared to Open their Data?

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ÜNAL Y., Kurbanoglu S.

TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.32, no.4, pp.287-311, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.24146/tkd.2018.42
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.287-311
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Making research data open and available for easy access, sharing, and reuse requires not only building the appropriate ICT infrastructure and developing appropriate mandates and policies but also training researchers and workforce capable of managing research data in every discipline so that they can play appropriate roles throughout the research data lifecycle. Within this study, a questionnaire survey was conducted amongst university researchers, 540 researchers from 44 universities, in Turkey in order to gain an understanding of the current practices of research data creation, use and sharing amongst academic researchers, and their view on the underlying issues and challenges of research data management (RDM). The key findings from the research are that there are differences as well as similarities between the data type used and created by researchers from different disciplines, limited number of researchers work with big data and they generally come from sciences, research data is obtained from multiple sources, researchers need to spend some time to pre-process data received from outside sources, research data is generally stored on researchers' own devices, non or very limited number of tags are assigned to research data while storing, researchers feel that research data should be stored at their own universities for long-term storage and made available, they generally have positive views towards data sharing; however, they have some concerns such as data ethics, they like to keep their data after the closure of research project, they need comprehensive training on RDM, and are interested in receiving formal training on RDM related issues.