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Title: State of Research Data Management in Latin American Universities 2022
Authors: Amado Tineo, José Percy 
Olivera Batista, Dianelis 
Machado Rivero, Manuel Osvaldo 
Vancauwenbergh, Sadia 
Limaymanta Álvarez, César Halley 
Gonzales Cam, Celso Morelan 
Peralta González, María Josefa 
García Cartaya, Arelexys Antonia 
Ballivian Blanco, Andrea 
Meneses Placeres, Grizly 
Chávez, Georgina Aurelia 
Salvatierra Melgar, Angel 
Vlietinck, Hanne 
Goovaerts, Marc 
Keywords: research data management;surveys;Latin America
Issue Date: 17-May-2024
Publisher: euroCRIS
Series/Report no.: CRIS2024: 16th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (Vienna, Austria, May 15-17, 2024)
Conference: CRIS2024 – Vienna 
Introduction: Adequate research data management (RDM) improves the reliability of knowledge.

Objective: To describe RDM in researchers of some Latin American universities.

Methodology: Descriptive study carried out in two universities in Cuba, one in Peru and one in Bolivia. A survey was applied by means of a structured questionnaire with five dimensions (data type-format, storage-archiving, infrastructure-services, ethics-legal, accessibility-reuse). Data were coded and descriptive statistics were applied.

Results: 652 researchers from Cuba (74.5%), Peru (17.9%) and Bolivia (7.6%) participated. Type and format of data: 73.9% of researchers generate their own research data, quantitative type 81.1%, in text format 87.3%, digital format 67.2%, and spreadsheets 58.0%. Data storage and archiving: over 65% report having small to medium data volume (<100 GB), 61% store data on personal computers, 29.8% store data at their institution, and 51% report losing research data. Infrastructure and services: 60% referred that data misuse is an obstacle to data sharing, suggesting improving institutional repository support. Ethical and legal aspects: 34.8% use personal or sensitive data and 65.6% do not know the legislation on research data. Accessibility and reusability: more than 60% generate reusable data, 36.2% create passwords for their research data, sharing them via email and the cloud, but the data are accessible with restrictions.

Conclusions: Most researchers generate quantitative data in low to medium volume in digital format, being stored on personal computers, with high risk of loss and vulnerability. There is a frequent fear of misuse of research data, low awareness of legal aspects and deficiencies in institutional repositories.
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