Tuesday, 17 February 2015

DataQ project is promising

DataQ is an interesting project coming out of the USA. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and run by the University of Colorado Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance and the Great Plains Network. Although the project is based in the States, it is international in scope. The outcome of the project is a knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. This will be achieved by inviting library staff from any institution around the world to submit questions on research data topics. Answers to the questions will go through the editorial team and will also be crowd-sourced with the results posted to the DataQ website, building up a knowledge base with links to resources, tools, best practices and practical approaches to addressing specific data-related issues. It’s a community driven project that will allow libraries to share knowledge, support staff skills development and better understand researcher needs in the area of RDM.

I think this project has a lot of merit and promise. I will be watching with interest to see how the DataQ service will be used - what kind of questions will be asked, will the responses be able to be generalised, how will it cater for international questions where the response may require a country specific answer e.g. a data licensing question. Will they, for example, tag those questions with a country code to enable searchers of the database/website to pull out their content specific to their region. I hope to see some questions posted - and some answers given - from the Australian library community.

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