University research librarians and data management—including images

On April 10, 2012, the University of Virginia Libraries held its first conference on data management, successfully facilitating a powerful opportunity for local universities to collaborate.  In terms of data-images, what was most interesting was not what was included on the agenda but what wasn’t. Hosted by the University’s Scientific Data Consulting group (SciDaC) from the Charles Brown Science and Engineering Library, this conference for librarians at major Virginia universities explored the roles and resources of libraries in curating and managing research data.  The meeting grew from researchers’ need for data management plans and librarians’ increasing role in assisting researchers and their home institutions with data management. Although management of data-images was not on the agenda, the library participants were especially interested in information about emerging guidelines for data-images and about tools for creating metadata for data-images.

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