E-Science – What it is ?Issues and Challenges for the Library Neville Prendergast Matas Library of the Health Sciences Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA February 13, 2012 Tulane University
E-Science defined• E-Science – A type of scientific research that uses large scale computing infrastructure to process very large datasets and is enabled by the internet, an advances in data mining techniques.• E-Research – is the concept of research using digital technology (computing, networks, digital data) in the fields of science, social science, and the humanities. Tulane University
E-science and E-research together Are driving what is called the Research Life Cyclehttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/campaigns/res3/jischelp.aspx Tulane University
Demands of the Research Life CycleData ManagementData CurationData Stewardship Tulane University
Data Management• NSF Data Management Plan – How will data be collected – Data access and sharing – Ethical and privacy issues – Storage issues Tulane University
Data Curation• Describes the method(s) for preserving and curating data – well managed strategic plan – evolves with technology• Data Curation Task Force – Purpose – writing mission vision, goals, vetting policies, creating procedures and guidelines – Policies- Collection Development, Metadata Standards, Format Standards Tulane University
Data Stewardship• IR – institutional repository(ies) – Staffing • Metadata Librarian • Scholarly Communication Librarian • Data Curator (IT person) – Training• Training university-wide Tulane University
Challenges• Lack of staff – need to retrain or recruit new appropriate staff• Lack of awareness• Identifying key folks• Lack of Funding• Lack of interest/time Tulane University
ARL E-Science Institute the TU experienceBuilt around 4 Modules:• Baseline – an institutional self assessment• Context – interview key stakeholders• Building Blocks – SWOT analysis, devise potential services towards a strategic agenda• Capstone Event – complete strategic agenda Tulane University
Questions are welcome!!! Time permittingSuggested readings:Transforming Research Libraries: E-Sciencehttp://www.arl.org/rtl/eresearch/escien/index.shtmlThis section of the Association of Research Libraries web site contains reports, articles and events pertaining to the changing roles and training/skill requirements forlibrarians as they plan and implement e-science and research data curation support services.To Stand the Test of Time: Long-Term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineeringhttp://www.arl.org/pp/access/nsfworkshop.shtmlThis report to the National Science Foundation from an Association of Research Libraries workshop examines the role of academic libraries in supporting science andengineering through digital data curation.MIT Libraries -- Data Management and Publishing Guidehttp://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/data-management/index.htmlThis guide, primarily written for researchers, includes an introduction to research data management, a data planning checklist, guidance on creating a data managementplan.Research Data Management and Publishing Support at Cornellhttps://confluence.cornell.edu/display/datasupp/HomeThis wiki site serves as a directory to research data services at Cornell and includes details on data management planning, storage and backup services, metadata,intellectual property, data publication, and more.Distributed Data Curation Center: Other Data Repositorieshttp://d2c2.lib.purdue.edu/OtherRepositories.phpManaged by Purdue University Libraries, the Distributed Data Curation Center lists of more than 50 open data repositories.MIT Data Management and Publishing: Sharing Your Datahttp://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/data-management/publishing.htmlThe MIT Libraries subject guide on data management and publishing includes a list of open data repositories.Data Curation Profiles (DCP)http://datacurationprofiles.orgA collaboration between the Distributed Data Curation Center of the Purdue University Libraries and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this project investigates the practices and attitudes of researchers regarding the data they produce via research. Tulane University
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