#idcc11 data re-use – how can metadata stimulate re-use?

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.


3 Comments on “#idcc11 data re-use – how can metadata stimulate re-use?”

  1. […] Workshops and wrote blog posts on delivering post-graduate research data management training and data re-use (how can metadata stimulate re-use?). A meeting was held with the UCA Research Office, and the Project CAiRO training module was […]

  2. Laura says:

    I’d be interested to know what the Kaptur team makes of the use of the terms ‘science’ and ‘scientific data’ in the Riding the Wave report and the related publication, ‘A Surfboard for Riding the Wave’, available at http://www.knowledge-exchange.info/Default.aspx?ID=469, particuarly given that a fairly major preoccupation of the work of the Kaptur project is the challenge of translating the importance and relevance of research data management to creative arts researchers, and how to present RDM precepts and methods to the creative arts audience in a way that will make sense to their context.

    • mtgwork says:

      Hi Laura,

      Thank you very much indeed for your comments on the Kaptur blog, and the link to this report.

      For our environmental assessment report ‘terminology’ was one of the five key themes that came out of our data analysis. I know that ‘terminology’ is also picked up by previous projects such as Incremental, CAiRO, and also Kultivate (forthcoming Ariadne article to be published any day now!).

      I think it might be worth us doing a blog post to respond to your comment – I will have a think and get back to you.

      Best wishes,

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