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iPres 2009: Micah Altman Keynote on Open Data

Open Data is at the intersection of scientific practice, technology, and library/archival practice. Claims that data are at the nucleus of scientific collaboration, and data are needed for scientific replication. Science is not just scientific; it becomes science after community acceptance. Without the data, the community can’t work.

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Nature special section on data sharing

This week's issue of Nature includes a very interesting special section on data sharing. There is a (not entirely accurate) editorial, a feature (on why data archives are so empty), and two opinion pieces.

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Rosenthal at Sun-PASIG in Malta

I was very pleased to hear David Rosenthal reprise his CNI keynote on digital preservation for the Sun-PASIG meeting in Malta, a few weeks ago now. David is a very original thinker and careful speaker. I’ve fallen into the trap before of mis-remembering him, and then arguing from my faulty version. I even noted two tweets made contemporaneously with his talk, that misquoted him and changed the meaning subtly (see below).

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Semantic Web of Linked Data for Research?

In the beginning was the World Wide Web. Then we were going to have the Semantic Web. (Then we had Web 2.0, but that’s another story.) But maybe the Semantic Web wasn’t semantic enough for some, so they changed the name to Linked Data, and it began to take off a little more. Now there’s an argument on whether all linked data are Linked Data!

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New JISC Research Data Management Programme

I have not been posting for over a month now, due to pressure of work (bid writing, mainly), and its curiously hard to get back into it. There's plenty of things to write about; too many, really; too hard to pick the right one. But now something has arrived that absolutely demands to be blogged: the JISC Research Data Programme, Data Management Infrastructure Call for Projects (JISC 07/09) has been released (closing data 6 August 2009, Community Briefing 6 July 2009)!

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5th International Digital Curation Conference: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 5th International Digital Curation Conference has just been published. With the title "Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity", the conference will be held in London from 2-4 December, 2009. I believe this is THE conference for papers on advances in digital and data curation! The text of the call follows:

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Are research data facts and does it matter?

This should probably be titled “are research datasets comprised of facts and does it matter?”. It certainly does appear to matter whether datasets are comprised of facts, as in some legal jurisdictions facts are not copyrightable. If this is so, then without other protection such as the EU Database Right, or perhaps contract law, then there is no basis for licences (you can’t control someone else’s use unless you have a right to exercise that control).

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Report on Data Preservation in High Energy Physics

There's a really interesting (if somewhat telegraphic) report by Richard Mount of SLAC on the workshop on data preservation in high energy physics, published in the January 2009 issue of Ariadne. The workshop was held at DESY (Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron), Hamburg, Germany, on 26-28 January 2008.

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Notes from NERC Data Management workshop 1

David Bloomer, NERC CIO (and Finance Director) opened the workshop, and talked about data acquisition, data curation, data access, and data exploitation, in the context of developing NERC Information Strategy. Apparently NERC does not currently have an Information Strategy, as the last effort was thrown out in Council. Clearly from his point of view, the issue was about working out whether data management is being done well enough, and how it can be done better within the resources available.

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Data Curation for Integrated Science: the 4th Rumsfeld Class!

I had to talk today to a workshop of NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Data Managers, on data curation for integrated science. Integrated science does seem to be a term that comes up a lot in environmental sciences, for good reasons when contemplating global change. However, there doesn’t seem to be a good definition of integrated science on the web, so I had to come up with my own for the purposes of the talk: “The application of multiple scientific disciplines to one or more core scientific challenges”.

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