Wagner, Cosima
Freie Universität Berlin. Trainee Academic Librarian

Developping research data management services for Japanese Studies in the library – a project report

図書館における日本学科研究データ管理サービスの開発 - プロジェクトレポート

The digital transformation of science and its implication for the development of library services is currently being discussed in the German academic library community. Especially research data management and the establishment of a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) has been appointed as a central sphere of action. Though, the discussion on how to define research data within the respective academic disciplines and what kind of services is expected from the library at which stage of the research life cycle has only begun. This is especially true for area studies disciplines like Japanese Studies, where the local management of digital Japanese resources poses many challenges in terms of copyright, interoperability, reliable retrieval of non-latin script (CJK) metadata in multi-lingual discovery systems and the platforms and tools, which transform data into "research data".

This presentation introduces findings of a research project on the "Development and Testing of Strategies Concerning Research-Data Management in the Humanities with Focus on Data in Non-Western Languages" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) at Campus Library of Freie Universität Berlin. Based on research data interviews with faculty members, who functioned as pilots, the project aimed at investigating the status quo and expectations with regard to research data management support for East Asian Studies. What are the lessons learned and what Japanese resources specific requirements need to be integrated in (inter)national information infrastructure development processes?