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1 A centre of expertise in digital information management UKOLN is supported by: UK Perspectives on the Curation and Preservation of Scientific Data Dr Liz Lyon, Director, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK Associate Director, UK Digital Curation Centre AAAS Annual Meeting Boston, February 2008. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0

2 Overview 1.Context: big science, small science & open science 2.Strategy, Policy, Planning: Dealing with Data Report 3.Practice & Futures

3 Big versus Small Science Data from Big Science is … easier to handle, understand and archive. Small Science is horribly heterogeneous and far more vast. In time Small Science will generate 2-3 times more data than Big Science. Lost in some research assistants computer, the data are often irretrievable or an undecipherable string of digits To vet experiments, correct errors, or find new breakthroughs, scientists desperately need better ways to store and retrieve research data Lost in a Sea of Science Data S.Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education (23/06/2006)

4 Open Science Millennials as native data scientists Social networks for scientists Second Life: virtual worlds Community repositories for data Tagging and sharing workflows Open Notebook Science (ONS)

5 Data Curation and Preservation choices? 1.Disciplinary data centre 2.Institutional / departmental / lab repository 3.Repository federation or network 4.National library or national archive 5.Public data repository or service 6.Web archiving services 7.Commercial data store - Amazon S3 8.Ecosystem of hosted lifebits services (Jon Udell) 9.None of these? 10.All of these?

6 UKOLN Liz Lyon June 2007 35 Recommendations for JISC Roles, Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships: scientist, institution, data centre, user, funder, publisher Research Information Network RIN January 2008 5 Principles: Roles & responsibilities, standards & QA, access, usage & credit, benefits & cost-effectiveness, preservation & sustainability Strategic approaches & policy

7 Report Recommendations 1 DataSets Mapping and Gap Analysis (UK) Data Curation & Preservation Strategy (UK) Data Audit Framework (HE Institutions) Institutional Data Management, Preservation & Sharing Policy Data Management & Sharing Policy (Funders) Data Management Plan (Projects) Data Networking Forum (People)

8 Recommendations 2 Digital Curation Centre Co-ordinated advocacy programmes Co-ordinated training programmes Disciplinary Data Case Studies (SCARP) scientist institution data centre user funder publisher Roles, Rights Responsibilities Relationships:

9 Digital Curation Centre Policy & Advocacy: briefing papers, curation manual Audit & Certification: DRAMBORA Community Development: Research Data Forum with RIN Training and skills: workshops, summer school Research: database archiving Dissemination: International Conference, e-journal IJDC


11 Institutional case study: eCrystals data repository Metadata schema Application Profile, DOIs, InChIs, Rights & Citation Policy Embedded in workflow Started as JISC-funded eBank-UK Project Sept 2003 @ Southampton + aggregator service @ UKOLN

12 Create Deposit Link Curate Preserve Standards Scientist Funder Collaborate Share User Discover Re-use eCrystals Federation Data Deposit Model (based on model in Dealing with Data Report UKOLN 2007) Link Scientist Policy Advocacy Training Harvest IR Federation Publishers Data centres / aggregator services Advisory

13 eCrystals Curation & Preservation Study Examined four main areas 1.Audit and certification (TRAC, DRAMBORA, NESTOR, ISO International repository audit and certification BOF Group) 2.The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) and Representation Information (RI) 3.eBank-UK application profile and preservation metadata repository platform Recommendations uk/curation/eBank3-WP4-Report%20(Revised).pdf

14 eCrystals Federation: Preservation & sustainability Recommendations Data repositories Use DRAMBORA Interactive for self- assessment Add PREMIS preservation metadata Collect eCrystals representation information Examine repository platform conformance to OAIS Reference Model Survey partner preservation policies

15 Dealing with Data Report Future challenges? Instrumentation and laboratory equipment Dataset re-use: significant properties Versions, identifiers, citation Robust bi-directional linking IPR and model licences for data Cost-benefits of data curation Careers, specialist skills and capacity Data curation within the curriculum

16 Future UK developments JISC initiatives –Data Audit Framework Study –Research Data Preservation Costs Study –Institutional Preservation Policy Study –Preservation of Web Resources Workshops –Data curators: professional development and careers Study Shared Research Data Service Feasibility Study: report January 2009 Research Information Network (RIN) Publication of Data Outputs study pending Open Repositories Conference April 2008 University of Southampton 4 th International Digital Curation Conference, December 2008, Edinburgh

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