National Collaboration and Capacity Building in Research Data Management (RDM)Practices and Governance in Nigeria

Nnamdi Azikiwe (Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos)

Nnamdi Azikiwe

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos

38-40 Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Research Data Management (RDM) is an essential facet of any research project, encompassing the collection, storage, organization, protection, and preservation of research data. It ensures the authenticity, integrity, and security of data throughout its lifecycle—from planning and acquisition to analysis, storage, and archiving. Effective data management and governance are not solely the researcher's responsibility; they should be ingrained in institutional structures, including policy frameworks, functions, processes, and infrastructures.    

This event aims to initiate a coordinated set of activities to strengthen the capacity for and awareness of research data management practices and governance at the institutional level in higher education and research institutions. The 1.5-day workshop is intended to address the following objectives:

  1. Highlight the importance of effective research data management practices in open science/open access/open data initiatives at the institutional level.
  2. Explore the policy landscape around research data management, research ethics and data protection at the institutional and national levels.
  3. Discuss the efficacy of different governance models and the library's role in supporting the research data management function at the institutional level.
  4. Identify role profiles and skill sets appropriate for librarians supporting research data management practices at the institutional level.

Target participants:    
The key audience is researchers, library and research administration staff, especially those who responded to the survey   

Research administration staff are those responsible for policy development and implementation, e.g. research managers, research officers, research ethics coordinators, members of research ethics committees or institutional review boards, research project reviewers, and ethics reviewers.   

- Day 1 offers a discursive deliberative format that relies on a stage-setting speaker panel and participant input on survey responses.   

- Day 2 will result in a work plan from the participants on the best ways to implement feasible RDM governance structures in their institutions. 

  • Wednesday, January 24
    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Arrival and Registration
    • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
      Opening Session
      • 9:00 AM
        Welcome Remarks 5m
      • 9:05 AM
        Workshop Overview 5m
      • 9:10 AM
        Setting the Stage 50m

        Speaker Panel addressing issues related to RDM, Open Science and policy implications

        Speakers: Prof. Laeticia Onyejegbu (University of Port-Harcourt), Prof. Ogugua Aworh (Chair, Technical Advisory Group, TETFund), Dr Tolulope Pius-Fadipe (Head, Research and Development, Nigeria Data Protection Commission)
      • 10:00 AM
        Q&A 20m
      • 10:20 AM
        Tea Break & Group Photo 40m
      • 11:00 AM
        Presentation of Survey Results 40m
        Speakers: Pamela Abbott (Information School | The University of Sheffield), Dr Fatima Abduldayan (The Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna))
      • 11:40 AM
        Participant Discussion & Q&A 20m
    • 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
      Lunch & Networking 1h
    • 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
      Breakout Session I
      • 1:00 PM
        Group Discussions on Institutional Governance Structures 1h
      • 2:00 PM
        Facilitated plenary feedback per group 45m
      • 2:45 PM
        Summary points collated as input for Day II 15m
    • 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Tea Break and Networking 30m
    • 3:30 PM 4:45 PM
      Breakout Session II
      • 3:30 PM
        Group Discussions on International and Inter-institutional Collaboration and National Policy for RDM Practices and Services 1h

        a) Policy/Governance/Funding
        b) Capacity Building
        c) Infrastructure

      • 4:30 PM
        Facilitated plenary feedback per group 15m
    • 4:30 PM 4:45 PM
      Summary of plans for Day II
  • Thursday, January 25
    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Arrival and Registration
    • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
      Breakout Session III
      • 9:00 AM
        Workshop Overview Day II 10m
      • 9:10 AM
        Group Discussions on Workplans (mixed groups) 50m
      • 10:00 AM
        Facilitated plenary feedback per group 30m
      • 10:30 AM
        Tea break 30m
      • 11:00 AM
        Discussion around key action items to take forward 45m
      • 11:45 AM
        Closing Remarks 15m
    • 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
      Lunch 1h