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Friday, November 30, 2007

Report on the project to facilitate data deposits in IRs

The UK DataShare Project has released a State-of-the-Art Review.  Although dated September, it was apparently released today.  Excerpt:

DataShare is a collaborative project led by the University of Edinburgh, with the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Southampton. Its central aim is to develop a model for the deposit of social science datasets in institutional repositories (IRs). Lyon (2007, p.45) notes that, whilst many institutions have developed IRs over the last few years to store and disseminate their published research outputs, “…there is currently no equivalent drive to manage primary data in a co-ordinated manner.”

As this review will show, although policies and practices currently operate to gather, store and preserve data, chiefly in national, subject-based data centres, much data remains unarchived and is at serious risk of being lost. DataShare believes that IRs may be developed to rescue some of this ‘orphaned data’ and make it available for future research, to the benefit of research communities and wider society....