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Data papers in the network era

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MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, presented “Data Papers in the Network Era” on May 24 in Cal Poly’s new Data Studio (Room 111C) at the Kennedy Library. Her talk (podcast below) covered data sharing, repurposing and citation, the peer-review of data and more.

Smith was recently named university librarian for UC Davis, one of the top 75 research libraries in the states. Previously, she oversaw digital library research and development as research director for MIT Libraries and helped lead technology strategy for libraries at MIT and Harvard University. Her research focuses on the Semantic Web for scholarly communication and digital data curation in support of e-research.

In this podcast, Smith explains she’s talking about sharing scientific research data, usually federally or state funded, that would be very expensive to recreate. What is a library’s role in making data accessible and reusable? Listen to Smith’s ideas below.

Read more about the new Data Studio.
Watch New York Times’ Quentin Hardy talk about big data.

– Karen Lauritsen