From metadata to data curation: the role of libraries in data exchange
From cataloguing to digital curation:the role of libraries in data exchangeSusan Reilly, Twitter:@skreillyiPRES, Toronto, 4th Oct 2012
LIBER & the European Research InfrastructureAssociation of European Research Libraries Our projects: Content Europeana Libraries Europeana Newspapers Policy MEDOANET Infrastructure APARSEN AAA Study ODE
Now and Next• Authentication & authorisation• New skills
The Opportunities for Data Exchange Project• Identify, collate, interpret and deliver evidence of emerging best practices in sharing, re-using, preserving and citing data, the drivers for these changes and barriers impeding progress, in forms suited to each audience• Policy makers, funders, infrastructure operators, data centres, data providers and users, libraries and publishers It’s multi- stakeholder!
The DataPublication Pyramid (1) Data contained and explained within the article (2) Further data explanations in any kind of supplementary (3) Data files to articles referenced from the article and held in data centers and (4) Data repositoriespublications, describing available datasets (5) Data in drawers and on disks at the institute
Implications for librariesLevel of integration Implication for libraryData contained within the article Prepare for adequate preservation strategiesData published in supplementary files to Presentation and preservation mechanismsarticles Persistent linkDatasets referenced from the articles Citability of dataset Persistent link Perpetual access to datasetData published independently from written Support publication processpublications (“data publication”) Curation of datasets Metadata and documentationData in drawers and on disks at the Engage in data managementinstitute planning
Background Workshop at LIBER on linking data to publications Clear need to explore demand and need for new skills 8
The Survey • What is the role of libraries in data exchange? • In what areas is the demand for support from researchers? • What skills do libraries need to develop to support researchers in data exchange? • How do we develop these skills ? 9
The Survey• Survey sent to circa 800 librarians, 110 respondents• Also sent to AU/US libraries active in this area• Seven criteria: 1. Availability 2. Findability 3. Interpretability 4. Reusability 5. Citability 6. Curation 7. Preservation … and the results 10
The future of data publishing The best place for underlying data is in official data repositories and archives 84% agree75% US/AUS Publications should always contain links to the underlying research data 74% agree 75% US/AUS Data archives should have a system in place for persistent identifiers that 74% agree properly support citation of datasets 87.5% Research journals should have much stricter editorial policies on data 64% agree availability 25% Underlying data should be part of the peer review process 54% agree 37.5% Underlying data should be cited separately in the reference list 46% agree 37.5% Publishers and editors should only accept in supplements the summary 26% agree datasets that are of direct relevance to the article 12.5% There are not sufficient trustworthy data archives available for authors to +/- ¼ agree deposit their data 24% agree 62.5%
What Skills ?88% of expert libraries see subject expertise as important!
Developing Skills W hic h me a s ure fo r d e v e lo p ing s k ills d o y o u c o ns id e r a p p ro p ria te ? Integrate data management 3% into professional education 1% 28% Data management courses 27% for librarians as continuing professional development Practical literature and guidelines N/A Other (please specify) 41%
1 year later• Sharing experience • Developing policy • Establising repositories • Delivering training • Prioritising skills • Engaging in the broader dialogue
Now & Next• Advocate (advocate, advocate) for and help to develop digital preservation policies within own institutions• Put strategies/infrastructures in place to support digital preservation• Invest in workforce development and engage with other stakeholders to identify skills needed• Help to support/educate researchers to curate data• Just do it!