Tara O'Leary | January 16, 2017
The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program to conduct a collaborative planning effort to develop an open source Research Data & Software Preservation Quality Tool that addresses a universal need for preserving data and software.
As computation is increasingly interwoven with science, today’s researchers can explore and analyze data and possible scenarios more quickly than ever before. The associated software, data, and platforms of these scientific endeavors can foster rapid progress when shared between scientists and information systems. However, preserving and sharing the massive volume of research has become an increasingly challenging effort, and existing solutions are disjointed and vary dramatically across institutions and disciplines. This collaborative project will garner broad institutional and researcher input toward creating a framework of new and existing tools that addresses the critical need for data and software preservation.
The Notre Dame research team is led by Zheng (John) Wang, Associate University Librarian for the Hesburgh Libraries. Wang will be supported by co-PIs Richard Johnson, Co-Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarship, and Natalie K. Meyers, E-Research Librarian, of the Hesburgh Libraries as well as co-PI Sandra Gesing, Ph.D. Computational Scientist, of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing (CRC).