Long tail of Research Data
Making the link from the long tail to libraries
Charles (Chuck) Humphrey
University of Alberta ...
Outline
● Context represented by the long tail of research data
● The long tail applied to project-level research
● Librar...
Long Tail of Research Data
Long Tail of Research Data
RDMI
Research Data Management Infrastructure
● The combination of technology, services, and
expertise organised locally or...
The Long Tail of
Research Data Applied
to Project-level
Research and Uses of
Technology
The number of projects that consis...
Management & stewardship
Managing research data entails the many activities dealing
with the operational support of data a...
Institution
Level
Project
Level
KEY
Research lifecycle
Library Roles
Project
Research
Institution
Network
Research data management
Data stewardship
Library and projects
● Tools, services, and expertise
o Data management planning
o Metadata choices: objects and workflow
...
Meeting researchers’ needs
● An easy way to share data with one, a few, or many other
researchers that does not involve th...
Library and the institution
● Data stewardship
o Research data policy for the institution
o Data deposit and dissemination...
Institutional policy
Institutional policy
Data
Coordinator
Data
Curator
Digital
Preservation
Officer
Metadata
Librarian
DITL /
Storage
Team
Access /
Discovery
Libra...
Library and networks
● Shared data management infrastructure
o Tools development
o Preservation processing and storage
o D...
Virtual
Research
Environment
Data in
Publications
Curated Data
Preservation
System
The ARC
Network of
Canadian
Libraries
A...
Library Roles
Project
Research
Institution
Network
Research data management
Data stewardship
OpenAIRE-COAR conference 2014: Long tail of Science - Making the link from long tail to libraries, by Chuck Humphrey - Uni...
OpenAIRE-COAR conference 2014: Long tail of Science - Making the link from long tail to libraries, by Chuck Humphrey - Uni...
OpenAIRE-COAR conference 2014: Long tail of Science - Making the link from long tail to libraries, by Chuck Humphrey - Uni...
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Presentation at the OpenAIRE-COAR Conference: "Open Access Movement to Reality: Putting the Pieces Together", Athens - May 21-22, 2014.
Session 2: Research data in the institutional context and beyond.
Long tail of Science - Making the link from long tail to libraries, by Chuck Humphrey - Research Data Management Services Coordinator, University of Alberta, Canada.

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OpenAIRE-COAR conference 2014: Long tail of Science - Making the link from long tail to libraries, by Chuck Humphrey - University of Alberta

  1. 1. Long tail of Research Data Making the link from the long tail to libraries Charles (Chuck) Humphrey University of Alberta Libraries 2014 May
  2. 2. Outline ● Context represented by the long tail of research data ● The long tail applied to project-level research ● Library roles in the research & data lifecycle o Institutional roles o Project-level service roles o Inter-institutional network roles
  3. 3. Long Tail of Research Data
  4. 4. Long Tail of Research Data
  5. 5. RDMI Research Data Management Infrastructure ● The combination of technology, services, and expertise organised locally or globally to support research data activities across the research lifecycle. In Canada, we have gone from building a national institution to support research data to building research data management infrastructure. This infrastructure is being built from the bottom-up with library involvement.
  6. 6. The Long Tail of Research Data Applied to Project-level Research and Uses of Technology The number of projects that consist of large volumes of data files under 1GB requires the most help with research data management infrastructure (RDMI). As the scale in data file size increases beyond 500GB, RDMI is built into the operation of the project. These projects are in need of post-project preservation of their data.
  7. 7. Management & stewardship Managing research data entails the many activities dealing with the operational support of data across the stages of the research lifecycle. This involves the “what” and “how” of research data. Data Stewardship is about the identity of those responsible for ensuring data management activities are performed to best practice levels and standards across the complete lifecycle. This addresses “who” is responsible for specific data activities.
  8. 8. Institution Level Project Level KEY Research lifecycle
  9. 9. Library Roles Project Research Institution Network Research data management Data stewardship
  10. 10. Library and projects ● Tools, services, and expertise o Data management planning o Metadata choices: objects and workflow o Project file sharing o Data file version management o DOI assignment and registration o Data file citations o Predicable data and metadata flows for submission to a data repository, including file formats
  11. 11. Meeting researchers’ needs ● An easy way to share data with one, a few, or many other researchers that does not involve the use of email or Dropbox. ● A simplified approach to entering project-level metadata that can be used repeatedly with other applications. ● A one-step method of minting DOIs for data files that can be used in publications . ● A way to manage multiple versions of data files, including keeping track of changes made to the data. ● A service that helps organize data to submit for preservation processing.
  12. 12. Library and the institution ● Data stewardship o Research data policy for the institution o Data deposit and dissemination agreements o Suite of preservation policies ● Tools, services, and expertise o Data curation o Data dissemination o Data preservation
  13. 13. Institutional policy
  14. 14. Institutional policy
  15. 15. Data Coordinator Data Curator Digital Preservation Officer Metadata Librarian DITL / Storage Team Access / Discovery Librarian Co-ordinate Submission Generate AIP AIP Quality Assurance Co-ordinate Updates Build Metadata SIP Quality Assurance Co-ordinate Updates Disaster Recovery Generate Descriptive Info Data Management Manage DM Co-ordinate Access DIP Quality Assurance Generate DIP Data Management Archival Storage Co-ordinate Submission Preservation Roles and Responsibilities of UAL Positions
  16. 16. Library and networks ● Shared data management infrastructure o Tools development o Preservation processing and storage o Discovery metadata exchange
  17. 17. Virtual Research Environment Data in Publications Curated Data Preservation System The ARC Network of Canadian Libraries Atlantic Canada Quebec Ontario The Prairies British Columbia
  18. 18. Library Roles Project Research Institution Network Research data management Data stewardship

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