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Data Management Plan Resources

Oregon State University (OSU) LibGuide, provide guidance and support for all aspects of the data lifecycle, from planning your data management strategy during the proposal phase till the conclusion of your project, this service is free of charge and they will even partner with you to help you with the proposals and projects. Read more …


Libraries and Digital Humanities

Librarians will be familiar with some of the challenges facing digital humanities researchers. The metadata within the datasets is often incomplete and inconsistent. Rough OCR and non-standard spelling make analyzing datasets difficult. And, humanists are not traditionally trained in computer programming so they have a lot to learn when undertaking a digital project.

Libraries are taking on the challenge of digital humanities along with scholars. Librarians are filling new roles as data librarians. Libraries are offering a variety of services including storage and preservation of data, tools for creating digital projects, and expertise in analytical research methods. As digital humanities continues to emerge we are sure to see libraries developing more innovative services for students and researchers. This active engagement ensures librarians will have an important role in supporting digital humanities.

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Can open data prevent a global food shortage?

With the world’s population set to grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050, pioneering farmers look to open data for eco-friendly solutions.

As the world goes from seven billion mouths to feed to nearly 10 billion by 2050, the pressure is on to produce 70% more food than today without harming the environment.

It is a huge task that has prompted the G8 countries and 120 governments and organisations around the world to to set up and support the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (Godan) initiative. It encourages governments to open up data and help each other’s farmers learn from the information. According to its programme director, Martin Parr, it is the only way a growing population will be fed. Read more…

Researchers Open Repository for ‘Dark Data’

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leading an effort to create a one-stop shop for data sets that would otherwise be lost to the public after the papers they were produced for are published.

The goal of the project, called DataBridge, is to expand the life cycle of so-called dark data, said Arcot Rajasekar, the lead principal investigator on the project and a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at Chapel Hill. It will serve as an archive for data sets and metadata, and will group them into clusters of information to make relevant data easier to find.

“You can reuse it, repurpose it, and then maybe someone else will reuse it, and see how we can enable that to get more science,” Mr. Rajasekar said.

A key aspect of the project will be how it allows researchers to make connections, “so that a person who wants to use the data will be able to pull in other data of a similar nature,” he said.

The hope is that eventually researchers from around the country will submit their data after publishing their findings. Also involved in the project are researchers at North Carolina A&T State and Harvard Universities, and it was funded by the National Science Foundation three years ago.  Read more…

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