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Data Curation Bibliography, 2012
robin on 2012-05-29 09:15

"Digital Scholarship has released the Research Data Curation Bibliography. It includes over 100 selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions."

"Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included."

View the Data Curation Bibliography.

A number of IASSIST members are cited in the bibliography. Digital Scholarship (aka Charles Bailey) compiles mainstream LIS bibliographies on topics that have hit the mainstream of Library and Information Science. This is their first bibliography on the topic of data curation, surely a high water mark.

UNC Data Stewardship Report
mhayslett on 2012-04-04 09:08

In the spring of 2011, the UNC-Chapel Provost formed the Task Force on the Stewardship of Digital Research Data and charged its members with exploring the implications of data management for the University and making recommendations for University policy.  The Task Force investigated the data management landscape through research in the literature, conversations with faculty and staff, and an in-depth faculty survey designed and administered by the Odum Institute.  The resulting report was submitted to administrators in mid-February 2012 with recommendations for university policies and procedures.  While the recommendations specific to UNC have been redacted, the rest of the report is now publicly available.  Although the main body of the report reiterates material with which many in IASSIST will already be familiar, the appendices may be of interest.  Appendix 5 provides the interview questions for the group’s initial case studies of how faculty manage their research data, some of which are profiled in the text of the report.  Appendix 6 provides the instrument for the faculty survey; and Appendix 7 presents the summarized results of the survey, with a total of 2,765 respondents.

Essentials 4 Data Support
robin on 2012-03-01 09:59

An introductory course for those people who (want to) support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data. You can combine the online course with face to face meetings, guided by trainers, or take the online-only course for free. Developed by 3TU.Datacentrum, a consortium of 3 institutions in Delft, the Netherlands, and organised by 3TU.Datacentrum, DANS and SURFsara.

Topics include data management (skills), technical skills, and acquisitions and advice.

Available in English; up to date in January 2015.

http://datasupport.researchdata.nl/en

Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center
Amy West on 2011-11-23 09:19

The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center gathers freely available web-based resources about the preservation of geospatial information. A variety of selected resources are being added, including reports, presentations, standards, and information about tools for preparing geospatial assets for long-term access and use. The resources are indexed to enable searching of titles and are categorized to facilitate discovery by choosing among topics, resource types, or both.

The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is a project of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is working with a national network of partners on a strategy for preserving digital information for use in the future. Information about the NDIIPP, its partners, projects, and events can be found on the NDIIPP web site, which is accessible at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/

Resource types currently include:

  • Applications: For Download
  • Applications: Online
  • Community blogs and forums
  • Online Journal Articles
  • Presentations
  • Real-World Examples
  • Reports
  • Standards
  • Tutorials and Learning Resources
  • Websites

There are too many categories of content to list here, but it's worth noting that the home page highlights education resources, policy resources and applications. 

For any institution wishing to develop a geospatial preservation program, this site seems like an excellent place to start preparing.

UK Data Archive's Managing and Sharing Data Training Resources
Amy West on 2011-11-01 11:08

Our Managing and Sharing Data: Training Resources present a suite of flexible training materials for people who are charged with training researchers and research support staff in how to look after research data.

The Training Resources are modularised following the UK Data Archive's seven key areas of managing and sharing data:

  • sharing data - why and how
  • data management planning for researchers and research centres
  • documenting data
  • formatting data
  • storing data, including data security, data transfer, encryption, and file sharing
  • ethics and consent
  • data copyright

Each section contains:

  • introductory powerpoint(s)
  • presenter's guide - where necessary
  • exercises and introduction to exercises
  • quizzes
  • answers

The materials are presented as used in our own training courses  and are mostly geared towards social scientists.

You can download individual modules from the relevant sections or download the whole resource in pdf format.

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