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Sharing Site-Based Research Data: Standardizing and Packaging for Reuse

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DiLauro, T., Jett, J. G., Gordon, S., & Thomer, A. (2014, December). Sharing Site-Based Research Data: Standardizing and Packaging for Reuse. Poster presented at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Publication Abstract

One of the key aims of the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Site-Based Data Curation (SBDC) Project is to increase the reuse of data gathered or generated through research at sites like Yellowstone National Park (YNP) by improving its usefulness, discoverability, and accessibility. Toward this goal, SBDC worked closely with a geobiologist conducting fieldwork at YNP to explore existing data practices and held a two-day stakeholders workshop at the park with some of the scientists who study it and the National Park Service (NPS) staff who support research activities there.

The resulting workshop report recommends, among other things, improvements to the level of detail and consistency of documentation of data and of its sampling and analysis methods. A set of core metadata elements and domain-specific extension elements is proposed to provide a more coherent view into the data.

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