Research Data Management Services at the MIT Libraries Amy Stout ASEE June 2011
As science changes… So do science libraries
Don’t panic! You have the skills you need
Try new things… Just call them “pilots”
Science changes the tools… And the tools change science.
Our ability to produce data has outpaced Our ability to organize and store it.
As science changes… So do science libraries.
Learn as much as possibleabout departmental research And the data deluge
Translate what libraries do… Into data management services for researchers
From Science, May 23, 2011 “A data archivist would be a mix of librarian, IT expert and physicist, with the computing skills to keep porting data to new formats but savvy enough about the physics to be able to crosscheck old results on new computer systems.” -- Rescue of Old Data Offers Lesson for Particle Physicists
How much physics do you need to know? The original team of Google translation experts who won accolades for their excellent software that could translate Chinese and Arabic consisted of NOT ONE Chinese or Arabic speaker. – from The Most Human Human
Study group started in 2006 Broadened our membership in 2008
One-on-one consulting Format migration Answering questions Writing data management plans
Esoteric file formats A preservation conundrum
Creating data profiles of individual researchers And data audits of whole departments
Remember… • As science changes, so do science libraries • Don’t panic! You have the skills you need • Try new things… just call them “pilots”