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Introduction to session given at the l@c 2012 conference

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  1. 1. libraries@cambridge 2012Are librarians and researchers on the same page?
  2. 2.  Changing data environment  Ed Chamberlain (Systems Development Librarian, CUL) Sharing geographic research data  Dr Max Satchell (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge) Libraries providing infrastructure for research data  Paul Stainthorp (eresources Librarian, University of Lincoln) Cambridge context  Dr Anna Collins (DSpace@Cambridge Research Data and Digital Curation Officer) Open Forum
  3. 3. • Public information• Events• Public service usage and availability • Raw research data• Healthcare • Usage data• Spending • Environmental data • Courses• Population / census • Geographic information • Results• Electoral information • Timetables • Material • Organisation • People • Places • Results • Bibliographic data • Usage data
  4. 4. Short term: Increased transparency (Response to F.O.I. requests) Value for taxpayer /fee-payer / research funder Increased prestige Expedite research Support from national and international government Longer term:  External support in (I.T.) service development  Easier collaboration  Decreased operating costs  Cross sector fertilisation (rise of the data journalist)  Growth of a data economy?
  5. 5. Make your stuff available on the web★ (whatever format)★★ Make it available as structured data (e.g. Professor excel instead of image scan of a table) Sir Tim Berners-★★★ Non-proprietary format (e.g. csv instead of excel) Lees Use URLs to identify things, so that Open Linked Data★★★★ people can point at your stuff Standards Link your data to other people’s data to★★★★★ provide context http://data.southampton.ac.uk/5star.html
  6. 6.  Management of risks I.P.R. / Licensing – open is best Skills to create, maintain and exploit Infrastructure Importance of standards
  7. 7. Data production Data consumption Skills trainerData provider Data curator Data storageData production Data consumption
  8. 8.  Changing data environment  Ed Chamberlain (Systems Development Librarian, CUL) A researchers perspective: making GIS datasets open  Dr Max Satchell (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge) Libraries working to curate research data in practice  Paul Stainthorp (eresources Librarian, University of Lincoln) Cambridge context  Dr Anna Collins (DSpace@Cambridge Research Data and Digital Curation Officer) Open Forum

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