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ARL/NSF Workshop on Long-Term Stewardship of Digital Data Collections (Sept. 2006)

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Final Report

To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineering, Sept. 2006 [PDF]

The Role of the Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe


Agenda [PDF]

Participant Roster [PDF]



The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe [PPT]
Bob Hanisch and Brian Schottlaender

Summary of Economic Sustainability Models [PPT]
Chris Rusbridge and Fran Berman

Infrastructure Report Recommendations [PPT]
Wendy Lougee and Rick Luce

Position Papers


Henry Brady
Suzanne Carbotte
Robert Chen
Sayeed Choudhury
Paul Constantine
Peter Cornillion
Bernard Dumouchel
Stephanie Hampton
Bob Hanisch
Margaret Hedstrom
Chuck Humphrey
John King
Rick Luce
Barbara Lust
Janet McCue
James Mullins
Frank Rack
Mark Sandler
MacKenzie Smith
Alex Szalay
Eric Van De Velde
Todd Vision
Tyler Walters

View Proposal [PDF]

[Additional Resources]

Selective Bibliography [PDF]

Whitepaper by James D. Myers on "The Coming Metadata Deluge" [PDF]

NSF "Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st-Century Discovery," March 2007 [PDF]

Workshop Overview

The National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery proposes a 5-year goal to achieve a vision "to catalyze the development of a system of science and engineering data collections that is open, extensible, and evolvable...a national digital data framework consist[ing] of a range of data collections and managing organizations...simultaneously local, regional, national, and global in nature." The Association of Research Libraries sponsored a two-day workshop exploring these issues with members of the research, library, and advanced technology communities. The workshop was co-chaired by Francine Berman, Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center and Professor, University of California, San Diego, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Wendy Lougee, University Librarian/McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota.

Participants investigated issues concerning infrastructure development, sustainable economic models, and new organizational capacities. Questions addressed include:

  • What role do the academic libraries envision for themselves in a digital data framework that provides for preservation of digital publications, digital data, and the links between them?
  • What partnerships/coalitions among academic libraries and with other sectors (government, international, non-profit, and for-profit) could facilitate the creation of such a framework?
  • Are there opportunities to test sustainable models for digital data preservation organizations, including consortia and partnerships?
  • What resources would be required to enable such tests?

The results of the workshop are summarized in a final report to the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.

Please contact Prue Adler with questions or for additional information.