Data Management Education from the Perspective of Science Educators

  • Carol Tenopir University of Tennessee
  • Suzie Allard University of Tennessee
  • Priyanki Sinha University of Tennessee
  • Danielle Pollock University of Tennessee
  • Jess Newman University of Tennessee
  • Elizabeth Dalton University of Tennessee
  • Mike Frame U.S. Geological Survey
  • Lynn Baird University of Idaho

Abstract

In order to better understand the current state of data management education in multiple fields of science, this study surveyed scientists, including information scientists, about their data management education practices, including at what levels they are teaching data management, which topics they covering, and what barriers they experience in teaching these topics. We found that a handful of scientists are teaching data management in undergraduate, graduate, and other types of courses, as well as outside of classroom settings. Commonly taught data management topics included quality control, protecting data, and management planning. However, few instructors felt they were covering data management topics thoroughly, and respondents cited barriers such as lack of time, lack of necessary expertise, and lack of information for teaching data management. We offer some potential explanations for the existing state of data management education and suggest areas for further research.

Author Biographies

Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee

School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee

School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Priyanki Sinha, University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Danielle Pollock, University of Tennessee

School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Jess Newman, University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Elizabeth Dalton, University of Tennessee
Center for Information & Communication Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Mike Frame, U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Lynn Baird, University of Idaho

University Libraries, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Published
28-Nov-2016
Section
Papers (Peer-reviewed)