In the telecommunications industry the “last mile” refers to establishing the last section of connectivity
from the network to the user. This part of the network is often the most expensive and difficult to
implement, yet it is just as essential as all the previous miles in making a robust communications
For one example see: Nancy Fried Foster and Susan Gibbons, Understanding faculty to improve
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July 22, 2009).
Cornell University Library Data Working Group (2008). Digital Research Data Curation: Overview of
Issues, Current Activities, and Opportunities for the Cornell University Library. White Paper. May
2008. http://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/10903 (accessed July 22, 2009).
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