Heidorn

I thought the readings and videos captured how important data management and curation are for the future of knowledge organization. It was interesting that Heidorn emphasized the importance of libraries remaining responsible for data management (in The Emerging Role of Libraries in Data Curation and E-Science), in part, because it will keep textual materials and data materials accessible together.  Whereas, if a separate industry begins managing/curating data, then the knowledge base could split, and access to materials would be fragmented between institutions. The reading also made me realize how fragile or ephemeral data can be and that planning for its preservation is a really important step.  Before it can be managed or shared, it needs to be captured and preserved.

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