ItemSGER: Planning Information Infrastructure Through a New Library-Research Partnership [final report]McCue, Janet; Lust, Barbara; Corson-Rikert, Jon; Lowe, Brian; Paulson, Joy; Steinhart, Gail; Webb, Frances; Westbrooks, Elaine (2007-05-08T20:17:31Z)The purpose of this Small Grant for Exploratory Research was to explore the issues surrounding a new type of collaboration between scientists and research libraries to support the preservation, discovery, and sharing of primary research data. With recent advances in computing and telecommunications technology, the stage is set for a major shift in the way science is conducted. Researchers and funding agencies are recognizing that data can be valuable for purposes beyond the studies in which they were originally collected, and some agencies are requiring data sharing plans as prerequisites for funding support. There is, however, a lack of established infrastructure to support the services necessary for handling research data. This grant investigated the premise that research libraries might serve as natural partners in addressing the data management needs of the communities they serve. ItemPlanning Information Infrastructure through a New Library Research Partnership: Interim Report, July 2005McCue, Janet; Lust, Barbara; Lowe, Brian; Westbrooks, Elaine; Corson-Rikert, Jon; Webb, Frances; Paulson, Joy (2007-01-15T22:46:49Z)The Cornell Language Acquisition Laboratory and Albert R. Mann Library are in the midst of developing an innovative collaboration between a research laboratory and an academic library to plan for the data preservation and discovery needs of the twenty-first century. Digital technology and internet communication now provide the opportunity to revolutionize the research process, through the ability to store, preserve, share, discover, and reanalyze vast amounts of data. While some disciplines, such as genomics or astronomy, have already developed sophisticated information technology infrastructure for these tasks, others are only beginning such work. In many, if not most research fields, it is especially difficult for those uninitiated to discover where data are located, what they describe, and how they may be used. This project has begun to tackle these issues by taking advantage of the library's existing expertise in preservation, archiving, and metadata creation, building on the existing ontology-software tools the library has developed, and introducing a new conceptual framework that divides the tasks of data sharing into discrete levels that may be managed and presented in defferent ways not only for different audiences but respecting political divisions and control issues that will always be present throughout the laboratories and institutions of academia.