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From: "Kathryn Holloway" <>  
Date:   Friday, March 13, 2009 12:49PM 
Subject:   IWG on Scientific Collections - Report Link

From: Charles Thomas <CThomas@IMLS.GOV
Sent: Fri Jan 23 16:37:04 2009 
Subject: oldie but goodie - interoperability article reference for IWGDD

From: David Wojick
Date:  01/16/2010 08:43 AM
Subject: IWGDD & the Fourth Paradigm

Dear Colleagues,
Microsoft has just published an important book: “The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.” It is a collection of essays by various gurus, and many are directly related to what IWGDD does.
It is on-line at
The intro says: “The speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies. In The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, the collection of essays expands on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray for a new, fourth paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science and offers insights into how it can be fully realized.” 
This sounds very promising.

New Report: "Data Dimensions: Disciplinary Differences in Research Data Sharing, Reuse and Long Term Viability" from Charles Thomas
1/25/2010 07:03 AM

Posted in Digital Curation/Digital Preservation, Digital Data on January 24th, 2010


The Digital Curation Centre has released Data Dimensions: Disciplinary Differences in Research Data Sharing, Reuse and Long Term Viability: A Comparative Review Based on Sixteen Case Studies.

Here's an excerpt:

    This synthesis study, commissioned by the Digital Curation Centre from Key Perspectives Ltd, forms a major output from the DCC SCARP Project, which investigated attitudes and approaches to data deposit, sharing and reuse, curation and preservation, over a range of research fields in differing disciplines. The aim was to investigate research practitioners’ perspectives and practices in caring for their research data, and the methods and tools they use to that end. Objectives included identification and promotion of ‘good practice’ in the selected research domains, as expressed in DCC tools and resources. The approach combined case study methods with a survey of the literature relevant to digital curation in the selected fields. . . .

    This synthesis report (which drew on the SCARP case studies plus a number of others, identified in the Appendix), identifies factors that help understand how curation practices in research groups differ in disciplinary terms. This provides a backdrop to different digital curation approaches. However the case studies illustrate that "the discipline" is too broad a level to understand data curation practices or requirements. The diversity of data types, working methods, curation practices and content skills found even within specialised domains means that requirements should be defined at this or even a finer-grained level, such as the research group.

Dr. Phyllis Johnson


Dr. Phyllis Johnson, Co-chair of the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, recently gave a presentation at another NSTC group that we support (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics Work Group; aka, BioEco) on the IWGSC study and findings.  She provided the URL at which their report can be accessed.  You will be interested to read it at:

Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Science Agencies

Interoperability article

We were talking about interoperability at the IWGDD meeting last week, and it reminded me of one of my favorite articles on the different types of interoperation. For those interested in a refresher, that article is Paul Miller's "Interoperability: What is it and Why should I want it?" available online at: .

As we consider how agencies can make great data management plans even better, I thought it might be useful to consider these different considerations.



Chuck Thomas

Senior Program Officer

Office of Library Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services

1800 M street NW, 9th Floor

Washington, DC 20036-5802

Phone: 202-653-4663

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