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Designing Flexible Workflow for Upstream Participation of the Scientific Data Community

Presenter 1
Robert Downs
Columbia University
Presenter 2
Robert Chen
Columbia University

Providing sustainable access to scientific data and research-related information can spawn new opportunities for their use by current and future scientific, educational, and decision-making communities. Submitting scientific data for ingest into a digital data repository prior to the end of a research, data collection, or data creation project facilitates collaborative preparation of data and metadata while project resources are still available. Engaging data producers earlier in the scientific data lifecycle should improve preparation of scientific data and metadata for future use and dissemination. We describe here the design of a data submission and workflow system aimed at providing flexible capabilities for organizing the contributions of interdisciplinary producers of scientific data, reviewers, and archivists. The system provides a framework for iterative improvement in the range and quality of information obtained from data sources as data products are developed and finalized and for integration of this workflow with selection and appraisal processes by community reviewers and digital archivists, taking into account both discovery and preservation metadata needs.

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