Two Libraries using one Texas Data Repository
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This practice paper presents two ongoing projects at large university libraries to help research labs publish and archive data within a new consortial repository service. The authors have focused on targeted engagement with research groups to improve their respective research data services at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin, and Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station. After introducing the Texas Data Repository (TDR), Trelogan and Dabrowski highlight social, policy, and technical challenges and concerns that arose during the projects. These fall into four areas: navigating relationships with stakeholders; integrating with existing data practices; dealing with large quantities of data; ensuring maintenance and continuation. The projects provide valuable insight into the particular needs of large research groups while also uncovering technical and policy issues to be addressed to improve a shared repository service. The authors outline their approaches for consulting with the labs and efforts to overcome challenges. The results of their efforts are shared within a consortium of Texas institutions, where common practices and pooled resources enable members to make a broader local and collective impact. Although the projects are ongoing and success is yet to be assessed, they may also serve as a model for others by highlighting common challenges and contributing to technological developments.
DescriptionThis paper was presented at the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) on February 20th, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
SubjectTexas Data Repository
Dabrowski, Anna; Trelogan, Jessica (2018). Two Libraries using one Texas Data Repository. Available electronically from
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