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ERIC Number: EJ1066518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-at-Risk Predicament
Thompson, Cheryl A.; Robertson, W. Davenport; Greenberg, Jane
College & Research Libraries, v75 n6 p842-861 Nov 2014
Scientists produce vast amounts of data that often are not preserved properly or do not have inventories, placing them at risk. As part of an effort to more fully understand the data-at-risk predicament, researchers who were engaged in the DARI project at UNC's Metadata Research Center surveyed information custodians working in a range of settings. The survey collected information on the data characteristics and preservation plans. Forty-three information custodians completed the survey. The results indicate that atrisk data include a variety of formats, subject areas, and ownership status, as well as compliance with a variety of standards. Although a majority of respondents agree that data preservation is important, they caution that time is the greatest barrier to sharing these data. The study has implications for data rescue and for training information custodians.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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