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Data Curation

eScience embraces the power of massive and/or appliance computing with the power of massive, distributed and/or re-usable datasets. To obtain scientific value from data, it must be carefully curated. Its lineage and provenance must be known, its authenticity and integrity must be assured, any legal and ethical access constraints must be adhered to. There are significant communities of practice in data curation, many of which pre-date eScience. Scholars and scientists of different disciplines have different attitudes to the value of their data, and in many disciplines there is no culture of curation at all. We aim to bring together curators and researchers to explore the prospects for a more consistent approach, allowing greater interoperability of data and possibly opening new possibilities of scientific exploration.

One discipline where there is a growing body of work to promote open access to datasets with a view to their use and re-use, together with formal methods for the collection, description, validation and long-term storage of datasets is chemistry, and in particular the sub-discipline of crystallography. A number of projects have investigated aspects of the crystallography data workflow and implications for other branches of chemistry, including Comb-e-chem, R4L at the University of Southampton, eBank UK led by UKOLN at the University of Bath and SPECTRa led by the University of Cambridge and Imperial College.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in a joint initiative with the JISC-funded eBank UK and SPECTRa projects, will deliver a workshop with the following objectives:

1) To describe the current "state-of-play" in digital curation best practice.

2) To use Chemistry as a discipline to illustrate a pro-active approach to data curation, where access, discovery, use, re-use and preservation of the data is fundamental to the advancement of the science.

3) To draw on the experience of other disciplines to illustrate user requirements, issues and barriers to implementation of curation methodologies.

4) To identify priority areas for further work to promote data curation amongst the wider community.

The workshop will start with invited speakers from the discipline of chemistry who will present their experience of curation and explore the requirements of assuring long-term access to data to support interdisciplinary science. This domain exemplar will be complemented by a call for contributions from other disciplines to illustrate their approaches to curation, the common challenges and discipline variation. There will also be a moderated discussion session. The outcomes of the workshop will be summarised in a Position Paper, and the individual papers may be published in the new electronic journal: the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Audience: The workshop is aimed at researchers and data curators from all disciplines.

Chair: Chris Rusbridge, Director, Digital Curation Centre (DCC).

Invited speakers: Dr Simon Coles / Dr Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton, Dr Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge (to be confirmed).

Organiser: Dr Liz Lyon, UKOLN Director and Associate Director Outreach, DCC.

Contact: e.lyon@ukoln.ac.uk Mini-workshop duration: 180 minutes.

Project details:

Comb-e-chem : http://www.combechem.org/

R4L : http://r4l.eprints.org/about.html

e-Bank-UK : http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/projects/ebank-uk/

SPECTRa : http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/spectra/

Digital Curation Centre : http://www.dcc.ac.uk/


JISC Major Sponsor