B – What researchers want

Feijen M. What researchers want. Utrecht: SURFfoundation; February 2011

As part of SURFfoundation’s SURFshare programme, this study aimed at investigating what researchers need to enable them to store their research data and make that data accessible. The focus was on research conducted in Europe, the USA and Australia in the years 2008-2010. Researchers have expressed a clear need for support as they do not have the skills, awareness or knowledge to improve their day-to-day data storage. At the same time, they see preservation as a different step, that is somewhat outside their immediate interest. Then, storage and preservation are two distinct issues for resarchers. Most of them are unwilling to accept responsibility for preserving their data after publication; however, when the data are transferred to another party, researchers wish to remain in control of their data.