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Site-Based Data Curation at Yellowstone National Park (SBDC)


Yellowstone Hot Springs

Read more at the project site. We proposed a two-year project to develop a framework of policies and processes for the curation of “site-based” digital research data that responds to the needs of small science researchers and site managers, and promotes coordination with libraries and data repositories.  The Site-Based Data Curation (SBDC) framework will be developed by experts in data curation, research library repositories, domain science, and research site management, providing a curation model that includes 1) policies to infuse principled curation practices early in the data lifecycle, and 2) processes for curating cohesive aggregations of usable digital data for transfer from research sites to libraries and repositories.  The SBDC framework is an important step forward in evolving the professional work of curation, and the inter-institutional relationships that are essential in the emerging ecology of scientific data curation.

Press Release - CIRSS researchers and collaborators from geobiology and Yellowstone National Park receive grant to develop framework for site-based data curation

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Project PI(s)

PI: Carole Palmer, Co-PI: Bruce Fouke, Ann Rodman (Yellowstone), Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University)
Project Contact: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
Funded by: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grant number: LG-06-12-0706-12

Research Area(s)

Data Curation
Research and education initiatives focused on challenges associated with the curation and federation of digital collections for long-term distributed use.  Work in this area relates to all parts …

Project Team

Carole L. Palmer (PI)
Sayeed Choudhury (Co-PI)
Bruce Fouke (Co-PI)
Virgil E. Varvel Jr. (Project Coordinator)
Karen Wickett (Researcher)
Abigail Asangba (Graduate Assistant)
Karen Baker (Graduate Assistant)
Sean Gordon (Graduate Assistant)
Jacob Jett (Graduate Assistant)
Andrea Thomer (Graduate Assistant)


Dong, Y., Keating, K.M., Khetani, R.S., Fields, C., Inskeep, W.P., Sanford, R.A., Yau, P.M., Imai, B.S., Hernandez, A..G., Wright, C., Srivastava, V., Weber, J., Bulone, V., Cann, I.K.O., Guang, S., and Fouke, B.W. (2015) Survival Strategies of Low-Diversity Filamentous Microbial Mats within High-Temperature, Dysoxic and Turbulent Environments of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, USA. The ISME Journal. Accepted.
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Palmer, C. L., Weber, N., & Yan, A. (2015,November). Data Curation Research @ the iSchool: Data Sharing and Meaningful Reuse. Poster presented at the Information School Research Fair, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. November 19, 2015.
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Fouke, B. W., Palmer, C. L., Thomer, A. K., DiLauro, T., Gordon, S., & Hendrix, C. (2014). Fostering Interdisciplinary Science through Data Curation: Geobiology at Yellowstone National Park as Exemplar. 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Mammoth, Wyoming, October 6-8, 2014.
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Palmer, C. L. (2015). Retaining the Richness of Research Data: Earth Data Science in the Era of Big Data and Compute. Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington DC, April 29, 2015.
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Past Events

February 6, 2013

Geobiology Site-Based Data Curation at Yellowstone National Park and Its Connection to Global Coral Reefs

Abstract: A newly funded Institute of Museum and Library Services Site-Based Data Curation (IMLS-SBDC) project is developing a framework for the curation of research data generated at scientifically s…