Neville Prendergast "E-Science - What is it?"


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Neville Prendergast gave this presentation during the "Understanding E-Science: A Symposium for Medical Librarians" on February 13, 2012 in Houston, TX.

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Neville Prendergast "E-Science - What is it?"

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. E-science and E-research together Are driving what is called the Research Life Cycle Tulane University
  4. 4. Demands of the Research Life CycleData ManagementData CurationData Stewardship Tulane University
  5. 5. Data Management• NSF Data Management Plan – How will data be collected – Data access and sharing – Ethical and privacy issues – Storage issues Tulane University
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Data Stewardship• IR – institutional repository(ies) – Staffing • Metadata Librarian • Scholarly Communication Librarian • Data Curator (IT person) – Training• Training university-wide Tulane University
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Questions are welcome!!! Time permittingSuggested readings:Transforming Research Libraries: E-Science 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 Engineering 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 Guide 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 Cornell 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 Repositories by Purdue University Libraries, the Distributed Data Curation Center lists of more than 50 open data repositories.MIT Data Management and Publishing: Sharing Your Data 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