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Title: "Open Discussion: Purdue Libraries' Research and Support for Big Data Science"
Speaker: Pete E. Pascuzzi; Libraries, Department of Biochemistry (by courtesy), Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University

Place: BEERING 2280
Date: February 9, 2016; Tuesday
Time: 4:30pm

The explosion of interest in Big Data coincides with recent mandates regarding the sharing of research data generated by projects funded by tax payer dollars. Big Data presents special challenges in this regard, e.g. storage and transfer. However, Big Data is still data, so many of the tasks for data curation are similar. Data, as a form of scholarly communication, must be described, appropriate metadata added and preserved in a format for long-term sharing. Libraries have a long history of providing discovery and access services to print and digital resources (the Purdue Libraries catalog has ~150 million items). Although academic libraries are relative newcomers to research data, Purdue Libraries is a pioneer in the field research data services. This open discussion will provide an overview of the Purdue Libraries' research activity in this field including instruction efforts, data management planning, and other services that promote the sharing and long term preservation of research data.

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