Lightning Round! [ #rdlmw ]

John Fundine – USGS – the case for not keeping everything. They deal with observational records, now in the 5 petabyte range. They end up with orphans as programmatic sponsors change. Budgets are going down in government agencies – now looking at best case next year being the same as 2007-2008. What not to keep and who decides? Would advocate a formal appraisal process – as an archivist he owns the process but not the outcomes. They have a 30% disposal rate. Disposal is not the same as destruction – owners can find new homes.

Jim Myers – W3C Provenance Introduction. Group is in progress. Started from open source provenance group – data history tracking. Scope – want to talk about input objects being used to produce output objects. Also trying to add the distinction between document and file. Will be able to talk about how documents were funded, reports were derived from it, etc. Also talking about physical objects – the web of things.

Herbert J. Bernstein – We’re looking at too easy of a problem. Should we be thinking about communicating with the future. Get out of the mode of thinking what we do works – our processes produce errors. The data should be able to stand on its own legs without people. In a format that will be readable, unlike what we do know. Need to be much more conservative about our frameworks, and stop changing them.

Grace Agnew, Brian Womack – Spent about three years working with scientists on organizing data. Faculty didn’t remember context of data just months later – makes it hard to reuse data. Need to know what trial, who conducted it, etc. – entire provenance. Developed events-based data model that fits in a METS-based data model. Training a team internally of librarians – will support research data efforts going forward.

Jen Scheop – Woods Hole – Points from this morning – Not true that we don’t have to throw data out. Data are not like books – not vetted or standardized. Not true that large projects can find money for curation.

Scott Brant – Purdue – Data curation profiles (http://datacurationprofiles.org ) Developed profile template. Got a grant to teach librarians how to interact with researchers. There is a toolkit available on the web site.

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