Research Data Management (RDM) services are increasingly becoming a subject of interest
for academic and research libraries globally – this is also the case in developing countries.
is motivated by a need to support research activities through data sharing and
both locally and internationally. Many institutions, especially in the developed
have implemented RDM services to accelerate research and innovation through
e-Research but extensive RDM is not so common in developing countries. In reality many African
universities and research institutions are yet to implement the most basic of data management
services. We believe that the absence of political will and national government mandates on data
management often hold back the development and implementation of RDM services. Similarly,
research funding agencies are not yet applying sufficient pressure to ensure that Africa complies
with the requirement to deposit research data in trusted repositories. While the context was
acknowledged the University of Dodoma library staff realized that it is urgent to prepare for
the inevitable – the time when RDM will be a requirement for research funding support.
This paper presents the results of research conducted at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania.
The purpose of the research was to identify and report on relevant RDM services that need to
be implemented so that researchers and university management could collaborate and make our
research data accessible to the international community.
This paper presents findings on important issues for consideration when planning to develop
and implement RDM services at a developing country academic institution. The paper also
the requirements for the sustainability of these initiatives.