Dates: May 4-29, 2015
"Digital information lasts forever or five years, whichever comes first" - Jeff Rothenberg, RAND
Petabytes of scientific data are produced on a regular basis, but could be lost in as much time if they are not properly captured and curated for future use, nor marked up in a way that allows for discovery and reuse by researchers. What can we do to help? Librarians, archivists, and information professionals bring many necessary skills to the realm of scientific data. For instance, developing necessary metadata, standards, and systems of classification, or establishing an archival plan for data selection, migrating data forward, and creating finding aids that capture the placement of data in its milieu for the user, or finally developing appropriate databases and technologies to support data creation, preservation, discovery, and reuse to capture data earlier in the data lifecycle rather than asking for deposition after the publication is away. As institutions are largely being held responsible for the long-term preservation and hosting of scientific research data, data librarianship within the context of academic and special libraries is both viable and necessary for those who have an interest.