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Tuesday, August 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Forum Poster: Open Access to Government Data: A View of the Playing Field

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In February 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum to the heads of 19 executive departments and agencies directing them to develop plans promoting open access (OA) to data and publications. As of June 2015, 17 of these agencies have released their OA plans to the public. The mandate for these plans includes establishing uniform elements and compatible approaches that would increase the opportunity for data integration across agencies. Given the agencies’ diversity of missions and foci, however, they do have some unique approaches to data. Understanding this new OA data landscape and where to access available resources will help organizations prepare for managing their data and publications. This poster presents preliminary findings of the IMLS funded project, Data Curation Needs, Gaps and Opportunities. This project has gathered and analyzed the government agency plans that have been released and explores the implications for cultural heritage projects, particularly those supported by IMLS. Project researchers are in the process of completing a gap analysis identifying how gaps might be filled and the implications for cultural heritage institutions.

About the Authors:

Suzie Allard is Associate Dean of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Communication & Information and professor in the School of Information Sciences. Her research focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex are key partners for her work on science information and data curation. Allard is PI/Co-PI on grants funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services and other agencies. She is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Board of Directors.

Alice Bishop is Senior Program Officer at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She directs the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program that provides recent PhD graduates the opportunity to work on projects forging and strengthening connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. She also oversees the IMLS-funded research examining the federally mandated plans for open access and their implications for the continuing education needs of libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

Cal Lee is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the professionalization of digital curation and the diffusion of existing tools and methods including digital forensics and web archiving. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Since 2012, Nancy Y. McGovern has been responsible for Digital Curation and Preservation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries, located in Cambridge Massachusetts in the USA. She directs the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshop series that has been offered almost fifty times since 2003. She developed the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) curriculum for the U.S. Library of Congress. She has more than twenty-five years of experience with preserving digital content, including senior positions at ICPSR, a social science data archive at the University of Michigan; Cornell University Library; the Open Society Archives; and the Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives. In 2015, she was elected Vice President/President-elect of SAA. She completed her PhD on digital preservation at University College London in 2009.

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Suzie Allard

Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication & Information, The University of Tennessee

Alice Bishop

Senior Program Officer, CLIR
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Cal Lee

Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Christopher (Cal) Lee is Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, Chapel Hill. He teaches courses and workshops in archives and records management. He is a Fellow of SAA, and he serves as editor of American Archivist.
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Nancy McGovern

SAA President; Digital Preservation Program lead, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Since 2012, Nancy Y. McGovern has been responsible for digital preservation at MIT Libraries. She directs the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshop series, offered fifty times since 2003. She has thirty years of experience with preserving digital content, including senior... Read More →

Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 26A Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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