DCC Guest Lecture: Appraisal of Data as a Precursor to Digital Curation

17 July 2007
Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow


John Faundeen, Archivist, U.S. Geological Survey, Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, talked about the reasons for appraising data as well as reviewing processes developed for scientific records by the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science. A tool developed to support the process has been considered a best practice by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and has been successfully applied to 24 scientific collections. The Library and Archives of Canada also requested the tool. John Faundeen's academic background is in Geography where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Science degree. John Faundeen began his career at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Customer Services and Information Systems Management areas in 1985. He served as a technical liaison at the USGS Headquarters in Reston Virginia for three years before becoming the Chief of Data Management at EROS in 1998. In 2001 he became the Archivist for EROS. In 2004 he served as the Acting USGS Records Officer overseeing records management activities from a Bureau perspective.