Un nuevo cometido para los bibliotecarios académicos: data curation

Martínez-Uribe, Luis and Macdonald, Stuart Un nuevo cometido para los bibliotecarios académicos: data curation. El profesional de la información, 2008, vol. 17, n. 3, pp. 273-280. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

Academic libraries are facing a range of new challenges in the 21st century. Models of scholarly communicationare experiencing a revolution with the advent of open access, with libraries adopting a lead role in self-archivingtheir institutional outputs in digital repositories. In addition, researchers are taking advantage of the computational power at their disposal, conducting research in innovative and collaborative ways that use and produce vast amounts of data. Such research-generated data underpins intellectual ideas, which in turn propagates new methodologies, analysis and ultimately knowledge. It is crucial that we preserve such mechanisms and output for future generations. With the experience gained from traditional cataloguing, indexing and organisational skills coupled to those acquired in developing, establishing and maintaining institutional repositories, the time is ripe for academic librarians to explore a newrole. Research data need to be looked after from the moment of creation through their life cycle. The concept of data curation refers to activities like digital preservation but also those geared towards adding value to the data so that they can be discovered and reused. This article introduces e-Research and the likely function of academic libraries in this domain. After this, data curation is described and several initiatives of interest for information professionals in this field are presented.

Spanish abstract

Las bibliotecas académicas están haciendo frente a nuevos retos en el siglo XXI. Los modelos de comunicación académicos están experimentando una revolución con la aparición del acceso abierto (open access) y las bibliotecas están jugando un papel crucial en los repositorios digitales de los materiales producidos durante el proceso de investigación en sus instituciones. Asimismo los investigadores académicos utilizan las nuevas tecnologías para participar en colaboraciones innovadoras en las que se producen cantidades inmensas de datos científicos. Estos datos dan origen a ideas que a su vez propagan nuevas metodologías, análisis y conocimiento. Es esencial que preservemos estos productos de la investigación para las generaciones futuras. Con la experiencia en catalogación y las cualidades organizativas adquiridas en repositorios institucionales, éste es el momento para que los bibliotecarios exploren un nuevo papel. Los datos científicos necesitan ser gestionados durante todo su ciclo de vida desde el momento de su creación. El concepto de “data curation” incluye actividades como la preservación digital pero también aquellas que añaden valor a los datos para que puedan ser descubiertos o reutilizados. Este artículo introduce el concepto de e-ciencia y la posible función de las bibliotecas académicas en este ámbito. A continuación se describe el significado de “data curation” y se presentan diferentes iniciativas de interés para los profesionales de la información en este campo.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Research data, Academic libraries, E-research, Data-curation, Scientific repositories, Open access, Cyberscholarship, Academic librarians, Data librarians, Datos científicos, Bibliotecas académicas, Repositorios científicos, E-ciencia, Data curation, Acceso abierto, Preservación digital, Bibliotecarios académicos, Bibliotecarios de datos.
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
Depositing user: ECAL Emperatriz
Date deposited: 27 May 2013 10:31
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:26
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/19304

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