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TDplus Project – Guidance Briefs Public Review and Use

Posted by isulib on May 12, 2016

EducopiaLogoIndiana State University Library, represented by Data Curation Librarian Kayla Siddell, is a participant in the ETDplus project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and led by the Educopia Institute. The focus of this study is the long term preservation of and sustained access to research data and complex digital objects that are part of electronic theses and dissertations. The Guidance Briefs that are a portion of the grant’s deliverables are now available for review, use, and/or comment. Please feel free to examine the briefs and share with your graduate students and others who may be interested in the topic.InstituteMuseumLibrarySvcsLogo

– Cinda May, Chair of Special Collections

Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Guidance Briefs Available for Public Review and Use – (May 3-June 30, 2016)

The ETDplus project (https://educopia.org/research/grants/etdplus) invites Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program staff, librarians, faculty advisors, and graduate students to participate in a public review of the Guidance Briefs for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.

About the ETD Guidance Briefs
The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 pages) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs will assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.

Review (and Use!) the Guidance Briefs
Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs at the following website,https://educopia.org/deliverables/etdplus-guidance-briefs. The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:

1.    Copyright
2.    Data Structures
3.    File Formats
4.    Metadata
5.    Storage
6.    Version Control

We are releasing these Briefs–both during this initial public review phase and after they are refined–as openly editable documents. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever way works for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution may use to call attention to what’s happening on its own campus.
We invite you to help us refine these documents by drawing our project team’s attention to any components that need to be edited, revised, broadened, or narrowed. Please send us an email with your suggestions and/or track your changes within the documents and email those back to us at the addresses below by or before June 30, 2016. We plan to integrate the community’s feedback before formally issuing these Briefs under a CC BY 4.0 license later this summer.

If you have any further questions about the Guidance Briefs or about the ETDplus project, don’t hesitate to reach out to:

About the ETDplus Project

The ETDplus project is helping institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

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Library Awarded IMLS Leadership Grant

Posted by isulib on October 27, 2014

Indiana State University Library through its membership in the MetaArchive Cooperative digital preservation network is a research partner for a newly awarded IMLS Leadership Grant: “Preservation & Curation of ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.” Kayla Siddell in her capacity as data curation librarian will represent Cunningham Memorial Library in this important work.

From the grant narrative:

The Educopia Institute, in partnership with University of North Texas, and in concert with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Oregon State, Penn State, Morehouse, University of Louisville, and Indiana State propose a two-year project to improve ETD policies and practices around research data and complex digital object management nationally. The project will answer the question: How will institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations?

This project will coalesce, refine, and shift the knowledge accumulation out of its campus or regional contexts and build upon it to create more generalized yet adaptable guidance documentation, shared curation technologies, and corresponding training materials that can be adopted broadly by ETD/IR stakeholders. To document needs and practices across all tiers of higher education, including smaller, less-endowed institutions, the project will conduct descriptive studies (surveys, interviews, and focus groups) and technical analyses (environmental scan, inventory, gap analysis and functional requirements).

The project includes structural and strategic evaluation and outcome measurement activities. These include engaging an Evaluator to advise on data gathering methods and design implementation evaluations; input from the Project Steering Committee and Project Advisory Group; and Partner Site Evaluations followed by a four month Public Review period to gather qualitative and qualitative data on fit-to-purpose, effectiveness, and areas requiring improvement. Feedback will guide refinements in the deliverables.

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