PhysOrg.com has published an article about the importance of data management and curation. From the article, Deluge of scientific data needs to be curated for long-term use by Brian Stauffer:
Carole L. Palmer, a professor of library and information science, says that data curation - the active and ongoing management of data through their lifecycle of interest to science - is now understood to be an important part of supporting and advancing research.
"There's a lot of recognition now of the value of data as assets to institutions and to the scientific enterprise, more generally," Palmer said. "Saving only the publications that report the results of research simply isn't enough anymore. Researchers also need access to data that can be integrated and re-used in new ways. This is especially important in data-intensive science, where the power of discovery lies in applying computational approaches to large, aggregated data sets."
Palmer, who also is the director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at Illinois, said that researchers need to start thinking about data-management requirements from the very beginning of their projects, and to think in terms of a data set's lifecycle.
An increasing number of resources for data management and curation are available online. Some of them are:
- Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age from the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S.
- How to Manage Research Data from the University of Edinburgh in the U.K.
- Data Sharing & Preservation from the University of Edinburgh in the U.K.
- Data Audit Framework from Digital Curation Centre in the U.K.
- User Engagement in Research Data Curation by Stuart Macdonald and Luis Martinez-Uribe
"The Data Deluge is here. Ensuring that our most valuable information is available both today and tomorrow is not just a matter of finding sufficient funds," said Fran Berman, vice president for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and co-chair of the Task Force. "It's about creating a "data economy" in which those who care, those who will pay, and those who preserve are working in coordination."