Caught My Eye: Demystifying the Data Interview: Developing a Foundation for Reference Librarians to Talk with Researchers about their Data

by | Feb 23, 2012 | 0 comments

We just ran across this article and wanted to share it with our reference colleagues (and others).  Written by Jake Carlson, Data Services Specialist at Purdue,  Demystifying the Data Interview: Developing a Foundation for Reference Librarians to Talk with Researchers about their Data talks about a project Purdue Libraries have been involved with that offers a number of practical tools as well as broader observations about data curation, repositories, etc.

Recognizing that talking with researchers about “the managing, sharing, and curating” their data was outside the norm for many reference librarians, Purdue Libraries have created a Data Curation Profile Toolkit (DCP Toolkit).  The article discusses this toolkit, and perhaps more importantly, a workshop that they have developed to explain the toolkit.  In fact, the majority of the article focuses on the workshop and in doing so examines the practical considerations and strategies that make for success in conducting a data interview.  However, the discussion also provides valuable information about “the behaviors and practices of researchers in handling and sharing their data” and the possible ramifications they pose in data curation and the creation of repositories.

Admittedly, much of the focus is on the reference librarian’s role in working with faculty “to locate and understand relevant data tools, services, and standards.”  However, their possible role as a liaison and as a recruiter of content for institutional repositories is also promoted.  Naturally all of this will be of interest to reference librarians, but in fact, any  librarian concerned about data management and curation and the creation of library repositories will find this article of real interest.

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