#idcc11 data re-use – how can metadata stimulate re-use?Posted: December 13, 2011
The following blog post has been written by Anne Spalding, Kaptur Project Officer, University for the Creative Arts, about one of the pre-conference workshops on Monday 5th December 2011, held at the 7th International Digital Curation Conference, “Public? Private? Personal? Navigating the open data landscape”.
This workshop was organised and hosted by the LIBER http://www.libereurope.eu/ working group on e-science. This particular workshop is the second of the four workshops they are running. The first part of the session was given over to presentations from a variety of speakers. David Giaretta, Director of the Alliance for Permanent Access http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.org/ gave the keynote address outlining the importance of preserving data and access to this information. See also Riding the Wave report available at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/e-infrastructure/docs/hlg-sdi-report.pdf
Rob Grim from the University of Tilburg spoke about the Open Data Foundation (ODaF) http://www.opendatafoundation.org/ and presented an interesting diagram illustrating four key areas in which libraries can be involved with data: data availability, data discovery service, access and accessibility and delivery services. Dave Reynolds from Epimorphics (a company which specialises in linked data) outlined an example of the work they have been doing with the Environment Agency on the quality of bathing water: http://www.epimorphics.com/web/projects/bathing-water-quality . The final presentation was from Karen Morgenroth of the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, who outlined the work of Datacite http://datacite.org/
There then followed a lively discussion about how libraries can support the infrastructure and access to research data. Within our group this then led to a debate about the purpose and function of libraries in general.