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Data curation issues in transitioning a field science collection of long-term research data and artefacts from a local repository to an institutional repository

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Kaplan, N. E., Draper, D. C., Paschal, D. B., Moore, J. C., Baker, K. S., & Swauger, S. (2014, February). Data curation issues in transitioning a field science collection of long-term research data and artefacts from a local repository to an institutional repository. Poster presented at the 9th International Digital Curation Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Publication Abstract

A long-term place-based research effort in ecology, such as the Shortgrass Steppe Long-Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) project, produces a plethora of research data, articles, and other artefacts. These materials represent an extensive knowledge base created by a collaborative community over time. After thirty years of continuous interdisciplinary support for research (Lauenroth and Burke, 2008) and data management (Stafford et al, 2002) for the shortgrass steppe of eastern Colorado, the SGS-LTER site is being decommissioned and will no longer be funded as an LTER site after 2014.  Currently, one focus of SGS-LTER information management is to complete submission of all datasets in the SGS data repository to the LTER Network Information System (NIS, Baker et. al. 2000, Michener et. al 2010) prior to the end of funding.   A second high priority activity is partnering with the Colorado State University Institutional Repository (CSU IR) to ensure that collections of artefacts, digital data and other objects remain open and available to local researchers who will continue their research on the shortgrass steppe by other means and may seek to append, revise and use their data.  The SGS-LTER presents an example of a project with a rich legacy of data and information, in a variety of forms and file types, which if preserved in a local repository will continue to support local research efforts as well as contribute to advancing our understanding of ecology through data use.