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Metadata Share Project (MSP)

Presenter 1
Joel Herndon
Duke University
Presenter 2
Rob O'Reilly
Emory University

While the exponential growth of web based data sources has expanded access to the research community, this same growth has presented a series of challenges to Data Libraries that attempt to promote a mixture of online data resources alongside library licensed resources. Even with advanced content management systems, many Data Libraries devote a great deal of effort describing similar sets of web based data resources for local patrons. The Metadata Share Project attempts to reduce the effort required to document the growing number of web based data sources by sharing DDI compliant data descriptions across research libraries. This paper describes a test initiative by Duke University's Data & GIS Services and Emory University's Electronic Data Center to share library DDI resources in order to expand resources at both institutions while reducing the burden of documenting data resources in DDI. We hope to expand the discussion of sharing DDI resources across data libraries by discussing our experience.

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