Data preservation and curation seminar

Added by Sarah on 28 April 2008 18:21

Friday, 22 February 2008 09:30 - 16:30

Location: Brettenham House, London

This event considered the policy issues relating to research data preservation and curation.

The task of preserving and curating such data is made complicated by the sheer variety of data produced by researchers. In this context, there is a need to ensure that the data that supports the scientific record is made available through being easily discoverable and accessible.

The seminar considered the respective roles of different agents in developing policy and practice, particularly research funders. Other issues discussed included IPR, data value and evidence of value, the importance of metadata and the place of data centres and repositories.

The event led to a number of conclusions and recommendations, including:

  • regarding the importance of developing a strong community of data professionals
  • the need for collecting evidence about the benefits of data preservations
  • the value of advocacy for getting messages across to researchers, and the advantages in building an infrastructure in which subject-based repositories play a key role.

A full note from the meeting can be found below.

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