Monday, 7 January 2008

Open science: implications for librarians

A recent (Nov 07) talk by Liz Lyon to the Assoc of Research Libraries gives a great overview of open science and how communication and collaborative tools are changing ways of working. The talk is directed at librarians, and encourages them to ask some difficult questions about how research data is being managed in their own institutions.

I like the take home messages:
  • Open science is driving transformational change in research practice: now
  • Curating open data requires strong Faculty links and multi-disciplinary teams: Library + IT + Faculty
  • Recognise and respect disciplinary differences: get to know the data centre people, new partnerships
  • Libraries have a lot to offer: build on your repository experience
  • Data underpins intellectual ideas: we must curate for the future

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