Save the Data: The Role of Librarians in #datarescue Collaborations
In the current political climate, the endangerment of federally funded research results, including data, has become a reality. A stark example of this development is data produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Because of policy agenda shifts and declining federal support for the EPA, public access to its data on emissions modeling, clean air status, beach health, acid rain monitoring, and hazardous waste, for example, is at serious risk. These data are distributed across many databases. Of vital research significance, they encompass years and years of dedicated, careful tracking. They are irreplaceable.
In response to the potential loss of public research data, many specialists, including librarians and archivists, have joined forces to rescue imperiled data. Grassroots efforts like “DataRefuge” events and “Endangered Data Week” are raising awareness and enabling data to be saved that otherwise would be left to disappear. As the movement fosters new activists and advocates for data, it is increasing librarians’ engagement with data and contributing to “skilling up” in areas such as data curation, documentation, and preservation.
This session will feature speakers presently or recently involved in #datarescue efforts, such as those lead by the University of Pennsylvania and nurtured by the Digital Library Federation. Presentations are expected to report out on the movement; identify challenges and lessons learned; offer guidance and tips for potential local #datarescue efforts; and recommend what further roles organizations like ACRL and SPARC can play in this space. The Forum organizers plan to ensure ample time for discussion.
Meeting Type: Forum/Update/Assembly
Interests: Scholarly Communication
Type of Library: Academic, Research Library
Cost: Included with full conference registration.