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    Research Data Management (RDM) is a new area of service and infrastructure development at universities and research centers worldwide. The increasing volume and complexity of digital data as well as the challenges associated with organization, preservation, and reuse of data have contributed to the emergence of RDM as a priority in recent years. The Open Science movement emphasizes a more open and collaborative research experience and advocates sharing openly all outcomes of the scientific work. Open Data, a key component of Open Science, is believed to contribute to transparency and reproducibility of research and to the more efficient scientific process. The principles of FAIR data (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) provide a foundation for access and reuse of research data across disciplines and borders. This presentation will provide an overview of RDM services and their importance in the context of Open Science. It will summarize the findings from the study sponsored by the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section that focused on the roles and responsibilities of RDM professionals in support of Open Data and FAIR principles.

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    Krystyna K. Matusiak is an Associate Professor in the Library & Information Science Program at the University of Denver, USA. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to accepting her position at the University of Denver, she was the Head of the Digitization Unit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Dr. Matusiak has strong interest in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Together with Dr. Tammaro, she coordinated the IFLA research project on the roles and responsibilities of data curators.  Her research interests include digital libraries digitization, digital curation, research data management (RDM), visual information, and information seeking behavior. She is an author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers. Her book, Digital Libraries: Research and Practice, co-authored with Dr. Iris Xie was published in 2016.

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., is Director of Library Trends and User Research and leads the User Studies research at OCLC Research. She is the Past President of the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and was the Chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Value of Academic Libraries Commitee. Lynn held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and collaborated with the faculty on user-centered research. Dr. Connaway was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield scholar and a Visiting Scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the IMLS in the US and Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. She leads OCLC Research in the digital visitors and residents project and currently is the co-principal investigator of an IMLS-funded project with the University of Florida and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to investigate how late primary, secondary, and community college STEM students judge credibility of digital resources in absence of human sources. Lynn also was the project lead on ALA ACRL "Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success." Dr. Connaway is the co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians and of the 6th edition, titled Research Methods in Library and Information Science. She has authored numerous other publications and frequently is an international and national speaker on how individuals get their information and engage with technology and the assessment and development of user-centered library services. Prior to joining OCLC Research, she was the Vice-President of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary, the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and on the faculty of the Library and Informational Science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. To find out more about Dr. Connaway, visit

    Emma Lazzeri is an Open Science Manager at ISTI-CNR (Pisa) from November 2017. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (2008- 2013) and she is a Research Fellow at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna since 2011. Her top Skills are matlab, algorithms and mathematical modeling.