59 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 296 2018 owns or could own research data management across its life cycle. There is sometimes an awkward distinction made between active long-term responsibilities for data to archives and assume that current activities may be best done by other domains. That approach overlaps with but often does not include digital archivists and may complicate long-term preservation of data because essential discussions about sustainability requirements do not begin soon enough. In addition, there is an obvious and increasingly urgent need in research data management for records management, an allied field to archives, to help address retention and scheduling issues that would be tremendously helpful in the near-term and long-term management of research data. Radical collaboration will allow us to bring together the necessary knowledge, skills, and practice to work on research data together. Considerations for Radical Collaboration That Engages Archives and Archivists What will success look like when archives achieve professional inclusion within academic libraries? These are some considerations and suggestions for being inclusive of archives and archivists as we work to achieve radical collaboration: Remember that digital archives may refer to aggregations of archival records or to any digital content an individual or institution may be managing, whether or not the intention is to preserve the content. Examine the current and possible roles around digital practice to enhance collaboration, understanding that roles like digital archivist have many different definitions. Be aware that people often conflate digital archives and digital The roundtable for digital practice…is intentionally set for radical collaboration to achieve mutual objectives for research outcomes…. and archived data that may assign
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