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Where have all the scientific data gone: LIS perspective on the data at risk predicament

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Thompson, C., Robertson, W., & Greenberg, J. (2013, January). Where have all the scientific data gone: LIS perspective on the data at risk predicament. Poster presented at the 8th International Digital Curation Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Publication Abstract

In the quest for knowledge, scientists produce vast amounts of data and often these data are not properly preserved or archived. Data at risk are often fragile, deteriorating, insufficiently described or simply unknown to other scientists. Data that are old often retain scientific value. Future research will be hampered if valuable, historical scientific data are ignored or lost.  

In conjunction with CODATA, the UNC Metadata Research Center’s Data At Risk Initiative (DARI) aims to mitigate the risk of loss. DARI has conducted a web survey of information custodians to understand the data at risk predicament from their perspective. Librarians and information professionals working in science, research or other special libraries offer a unique viewpoint given their position in the organization and their LIS training. This poster presents the survey findings.