[ESIP-all] AGU special sesssion on library - data center collaboration
frew at bren.ucsb.edu
Thu Aug 28 19:04:59 EDT 2008
Session U08: The Library - Data Center Alliance in Earth and Space Sciences
Conveners: Mark A. Parsons, National Snow and Ice Data Center, and
Rajendra Bose, Columbia University Center for Digital Research and
Description: Preserving, sharing, and understanding the diverse and
growing collection of Earth and space science data and information
require sustained commitment and diverse expertise. Recent reports from
national and international scientific organizations increasingly
emphasize professional and collaborative approaches to managing data and
information, especially supporting interdisciplinary science. The
electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) promotes this professional development
and collaboration. In particular, eGY recognizes the conceptual alliance
between today's research libraries and scientific data centers, and
promotes partnerships, collaboration and even hybrids of these two types
of enterprises to meet the Earth science informatics challenge.
Research libraries have a long, sustained, and respected role as
curators of Earth science information and knowledge. Yet, in recent
decades, scientific data centers have also played an increasingly
important role in stewarding Earth science data and information.
Libraries seek to extend their expertise to manage new forms of digital
publication, including data. Data centers seek to develop sustained,
long-term archival systems. It is apparent; the two communities should
collaborate to achieve their complementary objectives.
This session aims to bring together members of both the research
libraries and the data center communities to survey and compare
approaches, philosophies, and long-term strategies for dealing with the
problems of managing digital scientific data collections, and invites
submissions regarding issues and approaches for archiving, serving, and
curating such collections. An emphasis on support of interdisciplinary
science is encouraged.
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