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Presentations from Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries on October 8th, 2012

Presentations from the Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections meeting are now available.

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    "A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 4th, 2012

    Andrew T. Creamer et al. have published "A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses" in the latest issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This paper identifies a sample of research data curation and management courses available at American Library Association-accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) Programs in North America. . . .

    Only 13 (22%) of LIS programs currently offer a course focused on the management and curation of research data. . . .

    Although the literature supports LIS professionals adopting new roles and engaging in eScience and data management, most LIS data-related programs do not have a separate course solely focused on research data management. More LIS programs will need to adapt their curricula in order to help students and practicing professionals develop the needed competencies in research data curation and management.

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      California Digital Library and Partners Launch DataUp Data Management Tool

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 2nd, 2012

      The California Digital Library and its partners have launched the DataUp data management tool.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Researchers struggling to meet new data management requirements from funders, journals and their own institutions now can use the DataUp Web application and a Microsoft Excel add-in to document and archive their tabular data. . . .

      The DataUp add-in operates within a program many researchers already use: Microsoft Excel. The Web application allows users to upload tabular data in either Excel format or comma-separated value (CSV) format. Both the add-in and the Web application allow users to:

      • Perform a "best practices check" to ensure data are well-formatted and organized
      • Create standardized metadata, or a description of the data, using a wizard-style template
      • Retrieve a unique identifier for their dataset from their data repository
      • Post their datasets and associated metadata to the repository.

      Although hundreds of data repositories are available for archiving, many scientific researchers either are unaware of their existence or do not know how to access them. One of the major outcomes of the DataUp project is the ONEShare repository, created specifically for DataUp, where users can deposit tabular data and metadata directly from the tool.

      An added advantage of ONEShare is its connection to the DataONE network of repositories. DataONE links existing data centers and enables users to search for data across participating repositories by using a single search interface. Data deposited into ONEShare will be indexed and made available by any DataONE user, facilitating collaboration and enabling data re-use.

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        Research Trends Special Issue on Big Data

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 30th, 2012

        Research Trends has published a special issue on big data.

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          "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 16th, 2012

          Michael Joseph Giarlo has self-archived a preprint of "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs" in ScholarSphere.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This position paper argues that academic libraries have a critical role to play serving as data quality hubs on campus, based on the need for increased data quality for "e-science" and on academic libraries' record of providing digital curation and preservation services. Scientific data are shown to be sufficiently at risk to demonstrate a clear niche for such services to be provided. Data quality measurements are defined, and digital curation processes are explained and mapped to these measurements in order to establish that academic libraries already have sufficient competencies "in-house" to provide data quality services. Opportunities for improvement and challenges are identified as areas that are fruitful for future research and exploration.

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            "The Data Conservancy Instance: Infrastructure and Organizational Services for Research Data Curation"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 16th, 2012

            Matthew S. Mayernik, G. Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Elliot Metsger, Barbara Pralle, Mike Rippin, and Ruth Duerr have published "The Data Conservancy Instance: Infrastructure and Organizational Services for Research Data Curation" in the latest issue of D-LIB Magazine.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Digital research data can only be managed and preserved over time through a sustained institutional commitment. Research data curation is a multi-faceted issue, requiring technologies, organizational structures, and human knowledge and skills to come together in complementary ways. This article provides a high-level description of the Data Conservancy Instance, an implementation of infrastructure and organizational services for data collection, storage, preservation, archiving, curation, and sharing. While comparable to institutional repository systems and disciplinary data repositories in some aspects, the DC Instance is distinguished by featuring a data-centric architecture, discipline-agnostic data model, and a data feature extraction framework that facilitates data integration and cross-disciplinary queries. The Data Conservancy Instance is intended to support, and be supported by, a skilled data curation staff, and to facilitate technical, financial, and human sustainability of organizational data curation services. The Johns Hopkins University Data Management Services (JHU DMS) are described as an example of how the Data Conservancy Instance can be deployed.

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              Middleware and Managing Data and Knowledge in a Data-Rich World

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on September 5th, 2012

              The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association has released Middleware and Managing Data and Knowledge in a Data-Rich World.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This report explores the important aspects of data handling and storage in the context of future research networks and the associated services. The study encompasses networking requirements, storage, middleware, data policies, and data origin, each of which is considered from the standpoint of five disciplines: Genomics, High Energy Physics, Digital Cultural Heritage, Radio Astronomy, and Distributed Music Performance.

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                Key Digital Preservation Standard Updated: Open Archival Information System (OAIS)

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 29th, 2012

                ISO has published ISO 14721:2012: Space Data and Information Transfer Systems—Open Archival Information System (OAIS)—Reference Model. A PDF version with marked changes is available from the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This reference model:

                • provides a framework for the understanding and increased awareness of archival concepts needed for Long Term digital information preservation and access;
                • provides the concepts needed by non-archival organizations to be effective participants in the preservation process;
                • provides a framework, including terminology and concepts, for describing and comparing architectures and operations of existing and future Archives;
                • provides a framework for describing and comparing different Long Term Preservation strategies and techniques;
                • provides a basis for comparing the data models of digital information preserved by Archives and for discussing how data models and the underlying information may change over time;
                • provides a framework that may be expanded by other efforts to cover Long Term Preservation of information that is NOT in digital form (e.g., physical media and physical samples);

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