Following on two successful digital curation workshops, LIBER, the National Library of The Netherlands and the Austrian National Library are hosting the 3rd workshop this May in Vienna.
Scholarly research and the publication process are changing rapidly. The research process is becoming increasingly data driven and computational. More and more researchers are working together in online environments, sharing all kinds of digital objects, like datasets, images, and multi-media objects. The output of the research process is getting more various as well. Scholars are not only producing traditional paper monographs and articles anymore, but also all kinds of digital objects.
This has huge implications on the role of academic libraries as partners in the process of scholarly research and publication. They are involved in the whole lifecycle of digital objects, from retrieval to preservation and sharing. This means that they are not only asked to carry out traditional library tasks, such as the selection, cataloguing, storing, and sharing of the results of scholarly research, but also have to deal with complex issues regarding data quality assurance, privacy and copyright. How can libraries efficiently manage this process? Funding bodies demand that research proposals for data related projects should include a detailed Data Management Plan. These plans can facilitate the curation process of digital objects and are an important aid for the libraries as well. Data Management Plans have even become more important since researchers started working with so-called big data, data sets so large and complex that they are difficult to process with ordinary software, and thus are facing the scholarly world with new challenges.
The 3rd Workshop on Digital Curation is focused on the process of data curation from different points of view. During the two days of the conference, researchers, and representatives of academic libraries, commercial partners and national organisations will discuss the role of Data Management plans in the lifecycle of digital objects.
- How can we efficiently locate and access digital resources, and associate them with the related metadata?
- Which representation of the records will be the target of preservation?
- Which demands should a national or international infrastructure for research data meet?
- What can the scholarly world in this respect learn from commercial industry?
Keynote speakers will be Norbert Lossau, Vice-President of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Director of Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) and Herbert van de Sompel, who will speak about the future of academic publishing.
We hope to welcome you 19-20 May at the University of Vienna. On the 21st the Austrian National Library /APARSEN Project, SCAPE Project will host a satellite event on long-term accessibility of digital resources in theory and practice.