Transitioning Digital Library Services to Support Data Curation


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  • The University of Oregon Libraries has taken a proactive position in supporting data curation with the creation of a science data librarian position and, later, a social sciences data librarian. In order to support the data management, education, and curation activities of the data librarians, digital library services had taken an active role in providing guidance on metadata, tools, and preservation. This has, in-turn, reshaped how digital library services has envisioned the greater infrastructure for digital collections and preservation. In this presentation, I will discuss our successes, failures, and areas of activities still to be determined.
  • 24,000 students27,000 are graduates4,500 faculty and staff
  • Their job is to do outreach, coordinate with campus partners, sell data management, instructionDigital Library Services provides the infrastructure to let them do thatAnd, if you’re wondering where humanities data is, the Electronic Records Archivist, Kira Homo, and I, as classists/medievalists, just have to doDigital collections increased over 400%, number of items 1600% in five years with static staffing
  • New Services: website, training, dmp consultationQuestions: What else? What our repository good enough? was it big enough? did it do what it needed to do? what else could we do to help faculty and students and also sell our services?
  • Collaboration across campus units (Tech transfer, human subjects, IS), led by Science Data Librarian Brian WestraDLS and E-Archivist: Metadata, File formats, Archiving & Preservation
  • Workshops and One-on-one consultingWho came?Political Science, Landscape Architecture, Molecular Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry, Linguistics, Communication, Romance Languages, OceanographyRole of DLS at beginning but not needed as much later. Internal training. (Don’t need a team of six descending upon researchers)Workflow of a DMP consultation
  • How to organize items/collections/bitstreamsWhat schema to use?How many schema’s to support and what fields.
  • Pre-archiving/ workflowNeed to be db experts not just metadataMatters for how to get data both in and out
  • Yes, it’s more than just back-up!Code?Formats?Size?Processes
  • Can’t be an expert on everyrepostiory
  • DOIs
  • Let digital and small data collections ride the big data wave
  • Context for Arts & Humanities work, not just journal article or bookWebsite designed by Interactive Media GroupDarkArchive supported by University of Central FloridaFull access repository - UO
  • Workflow for data management consultation and Data librarians can now largely consult on DMPs without our helpWebsiteWorking with other departments on campusIntegrating additional metadata schema into our workflow and DOIs
  • Trying to scope it all. Thinking too much about big data
  • Other units / researchers now working on these issuesCampus Cyberinfrastructure?Generalists vs. Specialists?Timeliness?
  • Transitioning Digital Library Services to Support Data Curation

    1. 1. Transitioning Digital Library Services to Support Data Curation January 27, 2013 Karen Estlund Head, Digital Scholarship CenterKaren
    2. 2. University of OregonKaren
    3. 3. UO Libraries Data Team Social Sciences Sciences GISKaren
    4. 4. Preparing for Data! Image Credit: A Boston edition c.1865 of The RemarkableKaren Estlund Story of Chicken Little, page/n0/mode/2up
    5. 5. The Website:
    6. 6. Data Management Plans Image Credit: Abel Grimmer (1565–1630),The Parable of theKaren Estlund Blind Leading the Blind, nd_Leading_the_Blind.jpg
    7. 7. Metadata Image Credit: Dryad Metadata Application Profile, VersionKaren Estlund 3.0 [August 2, 2010],
    8. 8. ToolsKaren
    9. 9. PreservationKaren Estlund Image Credit: Wikimedia Servers,
    10. 10. Repositories
    11. 11. New Services
    12. 12. Preservation – Big!Karen
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    15. 15. “Women and the Right to be Heard: Claiming Public Space and Taking over the Media,”In Stephen, Lynn, Making Rights a Reality: the Oaxaca Social Movement 2006-present Karen Estlund
    16. 16. SuccessesKaren Estlund Image Credit: UO Athletics, 2013,
    17. 17. Failures or ChallengesKaren Estlund Image Credit: “The World Revs its Heat Engine,” Marshall Space Flight Center Collection,
    18. 18. TBDKaren Estlund fuels-research-collaboration