Data Curation (Heidorn)

I had not given much thought to data curation before reading this article.  As I read it, I thought about the studies we are reading in Child Development class.  The published studies include information about their data sources, what kind of data they collected, what data was disregarded and why, etc.  It made me wonder what they do with their data after publishing the study?  Most authors are affiliated with universities and other research organizations, so perhaps they have repositories?  Or does it just get put into an archives of documents, in which case is it viewed more as historical data versus data that can be shared and reused?  I also thought it interesting that the studies do not include any information on how readers can obtain the actual data results.  Then I realized there may be privacy concerns, where children are interviewed to collect data, and how much work it would take to ensure private information is redacted and the entire data set is organized in a useful way.  This could be burdensome in both time and money, and how does that weight against the value of curating the data for reuse?  I can see where specialized academic librarians may evolve in the future to guide data curation in universities and research organizations.  

Katie B.


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