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ERIC Number: ED564588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-20
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
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Big Data in the Campus Landscape: Curation. ECAR Working Group Paper
Lynch, Clifford A.
This paper is part of series of the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group. The topic of big data continues to receive a great deal of publicity because of its promise for opening new avenues of scholarly discovery and commercial opportunity. The ability to sift rapidly through massive amounts of data, for example, is resulting in new kinds of scientific discoveries and is making information about Internet-browsing habits more accessible and usable to the commercial sector. Understanding the issues associated with this topic is particularly important on our campuses, where the Internet plays a vital role in managing and providing access to big data sets for research and in helping generate big enterprise data sets from the day-to-day business of the university. This paper, the fourth in the series, examines current data-curation activities, discusses why they need to be extended to research big data, and, most importantly, focuses on why they are important and what purposes they are intended to serve. The emphasis is not on technical details, specific disciplinary standards, or best practices but rather on the contributions and limitations of various roles and activities during the data life cycle, particularly as they apply to research big data. [For the first paper in the series, "Big Data: Laying the Groundwork. ECAR Working Group Paper," see ED564458; for the second paper in the series, "Big Data in the Campus Landscape: Basic Infrastructure Support. ECAR Working Group Paper," see ED564457; and for the third paper in the series, "Big Data in the Campus Landscape: Security and Privacy. ECAR Working Group Paper," see ED564587.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR)