Studying the storage and retrieval of information.
Working group members: Todd Grappone and Willeke Wendrick
The Information Science working group is responsible for identifying problems and suggesting solutions for the practical, theoretical and ethical life histories of research data, regardless of format (quantitative, qualitative, spatial, images etc.). Practically, this means a critical approach to policies and practices for all phases in handling data, from generating or selecting, protecting and securing, publishing, integrating, curating and preserving data, as well as enabling access and reproducibility through unique identifiers, metadata and paradata (which in themselves are data as well).
The working group will identify key strategic areas of focus through efforts such as a literature review and interviewing key stakeholders on campus. Once key thematic directions are identified, the working group will survey campus resources and articulate gaps in campus services related to search, retrieve, upload, curate, store, create identifiers for, publishing, and managing research data. Key to this effort will be to identify shortcomings in library collections and services to meet demands of a data literate campus.