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ERIC Number: EJ971271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
Wild Data: Collaborative E-Research and University Libraries
Kennan, Mary Anne; Williamson, Kirsty; Johanson, Graeme
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v43 n1 p56-79 Mar 2012
The literature speaks of a "deluge" of scientific and research data and the importance of capturing and managing it for use beyond its original creating community, purpose, and time. Data value increases as it is interconnected, networked, shared, used, and re-used. This paper extends the conversation about data sharing to "wild data": that is, data generated and held outside of "academic" or "professional" science, as in the case of environmental voluntary groups (EVGs). Currently, important data generated by these groups are likely to be inaccessible to the academic community, or any community or body outside those often-small EVGs. Although large quantities of data are often generated by EVGs, management of these data may be poor or non-existent; and quality control of data may be haphazard and spasmodic. This article reports on a pilot project which explored the data sought, generated, stored, and shared by members of EVGs. The project also investigated members' views about data management and sharing for the future. Finally, as Australian university libraries are at the forefront of research and practice to promote the better management of data created by research, the paper also explores whether there might be a collaborative role for university libraries in the management of wild data. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia