Laurie Allen, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, at Penn Libraries walks us through an overview of what our colleagues engaged in data rescue events have learned and how academic research libraries can complement those efforts.
Data rescue events are a bottom-up strategy to get as much data as we can when working with people with a wide variety of skills sets (not necessarily library-related skill sets) during a limited time-frame.
We are proposing research libraries can complement this with a top-down strategy. Librarians know how government agency data is organized, what types of information researchers need, and can target the work of downloading sets to be conducted as part of their routine work.
We are seeking a few research libraries who would be willing to commit to specific agencies and collaborating on a shared workflow as a pilot.
After the initial webinar on Monday, we heard constructive feedback and good questions raised from colleagues at a number of libraries. The scoop: Some of us have more resources than others — and finding the best way to contribute quickly and effectively isn’t obvious. In the spirit of trying to reflect back 4 levels of data rescue efforts that we are hearing, below is an approach that strives to balance flexibility with interest/resources in a way that remains true to the principle of “systematically grounded action.”
Here’s an overview:
Here’s the cycle:
Here are some details…
We hope you can join a collaborative project that leverages the talent and energy of librarians in addressing a wicked problem: Preserving born-digital government data.
Given the successes of the #DataRefuge project to rescue climate and environmental data, librarians have started to connect, ask, act, and contemplate collective action for more types of data. Let’s figure it out together!
Join us for a 30-minute webinar to kick-off collaborations:
Monday, February 6 @ 12:15 pm ET
Here are some background documents that led us to reach out the ARL to convene people and energy toward positive action:
Leveraging Libraries (pdf, 1/27/17)
Libraries Network Overview (pdf, 2/1/17)
Chain of Custody (github, 2/1/17)
Hope to see you online!