60 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
supporting the research mission of the researchers here on campus. The issue is determining what
level of archiving and curation digital assets (data sets) we will need. Not all can be given the additional
support, but still need to be made available and have a minimum level of documentation, metadata, and
care. As the amount of data grows, this becomes less of an individual problem and more of a national
one. Not all libraries are equipped with expertise and infrastructures to support at this time a robust
repository. Instead of all of the institutions striking out on their own, maybe it is time for a more
federated approach, building locally what will help scale regionally and nationally.
Do not provide data curation services N=5
Currently, our liaison libraries aid faculty members through education of repositories available,
including OCUL Scholars Portal Dataverse, and giving advice on metadata. The DMP should guide the
researcher through the process and we are available for assistance. Our answers to the “importance
of” questions are based on an assumption of long-term preservation. Collection policies and retention
guidelines are key to a local service.
Data curation is still very much in the beginning stages at our organization. While we have an
agreement with bePress, we have a long way to go towards deeper curation of researcher data!
We do not currently have a data curation program. We will be developing a program in the near future.
While we currently have some supplementary datasets in our institutional repository (i.e., data
that is associated with an article and submitted as a supplementary file), we do not have an active
data curation program. We are currently considering the libraries’ position and this may change in
the future.
While we have not had in-depth discussions about data curation at the library, we do value many of the
above concepts (persistent identifiers, analytics, embargoes, discovery services) as they apply to our
institutional repository. But data curation is not within the library’s purview. There is, however, a group
on campus called Academic Resource Computing, a division of University Information Services. They
provide some custodial and data storage services for faculty, mostly for the medical school.
Data curation services are in process N=9
I have said we are in process although we are beginning to ingest data into our IR and offer very
preliminary services. I’m not ready to call that active yet, however!
Importance of data curation activities are rated with respect to our current “in process” state. Research
data curation services are rated as “in process”; no documents or web pages are currently available.
Most of our activities in this area are in development, and most likely will be significantly more clear in
the next 6–12 months.
Our responses reflect our most recent initiative and activity. We began offering data curation services
in 2016; thus far, we have not received any requests. That said, our archival branches of the library have
slightly different approaches to data curation that are not reflected in our responses to this survey.
Our updated repository in in the process of being constructed.
Please note that we are in planning stages of this practice, and many of these aspects have not yet
been considered.
We have completed workshops for graduate students that focused on general data management and
curation information. We offer a repository for research data through the Texas Digital Library’s Texas
Data Repository (http://data.tdl.org).
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