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  • 1. Data Curation: A New Frontier in Faculty-Librarian Collaboration Presenter: John Potter, Librarian ITT Technical Institute/Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2. What is Data Curation?
    • Protocols and tools to…
    • Provide descriptive analysis of digital collections & objects
    • In order to augment their discovery, management, use, reuse, and preservation
    • Usually through standardized metadata, developing middleware
  • 3. Why data curation?
    • Faculty researchers are
      • Not sure how or whether to share data
      • Lack time to organize data sets
      • Need help describing data for discovery
      • Would like new way to manage data
      • Need help archiving data
        • D Scott Brandt, Purdue University
  • 4. Benefits of data curation
    • Facilitates data mining (to make data more accessible)
    • Shared data can be used, reused and validated by others
    • Helps secure grant funding (through assurance in preservation)
    • Saves researchers time, allows for greater focus on research
  • 5. What do Librarians actually do?
    • Follow uniform metadata practices => promotes interoperability
    • recreate & reorganize data from old software => into new file formats
    • Build ontologies, hierarchical structures, & interactive thesauri
    • Help acquire or license datasets for researchers, users
  • 6. Other possible services:
    • Create and organize documentation related to data (IR)
    • Offer digital preservation services
  • 7. Where is this happening:
    • University of Illinois MS/LIS has a Data Curation Concentration (2007)
    • Purdue’s Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2)
      • For ‘small science’ with unorganized, disparate, heterogeneous, & distributed data
      • Currently working with biologists and engineers
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  • 10. Implications:
    • New orientation for libraries, library profession can speak of added value
    • Faculty more apt to support library appropriations (see themselves as stakeholders)
    • View librarianship more on par with faculty status, less clerical
  • 11. Future:
    • Collaboration to clarify roles and responsibilities of data management players
    • Create data publication standards– as in workflow, linking schemes, etc
    • And data curation prototypes (data integration, analysis, visualization)
    • Expect competition from Google through http://research.google.com
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