Investigating data management practice in higher education institution: the case of Madda Walabu University

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Currently Information and Communication Technology (ICT) altered our daily life in many aspects. Consequently, data management in higher education institution is increasingly gaining importance in both academic and administrative environment. So that, this study was examined the roles of data management in higher education institution and identifying types of data currently needed to manage in higher education institutions. Activities regarding organizational data management, especially in higher education institutions is increasing in superabundance. Academic staffs and university administrators struggle to keep up data secure throughout their institution. Therefore, improving institutional data management culture of higher education is increasingly gaining importance in all sectors, such as: in libraries, registrar and curriculum, in researcher center, in human resource department, in managerial department, teaching and learning departments were a growing body of data committed to this study area. This case study was engaged a quantitative and qualitative study method. The evidence was gained through structured questionnaires, which contains three sections (see in Appendix A). Initially, the questionnaires were distributed to 112 participants, but since the entire participants approximately 90% were returned. The best way to manage data in Madda Walabu University, enhanced to explore how institutional data management is implementing, investigating roles and responsibilities that evaluate outcomes of activities taken in the application of structural data management and finally in chapter four analyses were presented The study also determined views and requirements of stakeholders involved in the establishment of institutional data management based on evidence that identified and discussed by different variables. Therefore, this study enhanced to improving approachable objectives such as: participants need on development of IT strategic plan and infrastructure regarding institutional data management and identified relationship between institutional data management and individual awareness, responsible stakeholders and roles, current data management issues of the organization, future improvements and resolutions.


A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of The Requirements for the Degree of Master Of Science in Information Science


Data, Data Management