research data

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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A National Research Data Infrastructure?

Two weeks without a post? My apologies! How about this piece of speculation that has been brewing at the back of my mind for some time...

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Strand B1 research papers at IDCC4

In the morning parallel session B at the International Digital Curation Conference, the ever-interesting Jane Hunter from the University of Queensland began the session speaking about her Aus-e-Lit project (linked to Austlit) The project is based on FRBR, and offers federated search interfaces to related distributed databases.

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Martin Lewis on University Libraries and data curation

Martin Lewis opened the second day of the International Digital Curation Conference with a provocative and amusing keynote on the possible roles of libraries in curating data. It was very early, with his presentation [large PPT] starting at 8:40 am, and the audience after the conference dinner in the splendid environs of Edinburgh Castle was unsurprisingly thin. However, absentees missed an entertaining and thought-provoking start to the day.

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Bryan Lawrence on metadata as limit on sustainability

Opening the Sustainability session at the Digital Curation Conference, Bryan Lawrence of the Centre for Environmental Data Archival and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC), spoke trenchantly (as always) on sustainability with specific reference to the metadata needed for preservation and curation, and for facilitation for now and the future. Preservation is not enough; active curation is needed.

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Curation services based on the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model

I’ve had a go at exploring some curation services that might be appropriate at different stages of a research project. I thought it might also be worth trying to explore curation services suggested by the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model, which I also mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago.

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Research Data Management email list created

At JISC's request, we have created a new list to support discussion amongst those interested in management of research data. The list is Research-Dataman@jiscmail.ac.uk, and can be joined at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/RESEARCH-DATAMAN.html. The list description is:"List to discuss the data management issues arising in and from research projects in UK Higher Education and its partners in the UK research community and internationally, established by the Digital Curation Centre on behalf of the JISC."

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Keeping the records of science accessible: can we afford it?

There's an excellent summary available of the 2008 conference of the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Conference, with the above title. It was in Budapest on 4 November, 2008. I wasn't able to go, unfortunately, but it looks like it might have been pretty interesting.

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