Workshop May 2007
Challenges for Small Science Communities in the Digital Era
A workshop sponsored by and the UNC
The workshop final report describes the proceedings of the workshop in detail.
Location and Date
Venue: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) (, also see )
Date: May 16-17, 2007
Organizers: Jane Greenberg, Hilmar Lapp and Todd Vision
Evolutionary biology is at the intersection of a number of disciplines that have taken proactive approaches to data preservation and sharing, but there is no registry or repository that can serve as the home for published data in the discipline as a whole. This workshop is intended to help identify the way forward for long-term preservation and sharing for the datasets that underly published works in evolutionary biology. Invited participants include experts from the information science community and representatives from leading evolutionary biology journals. The outcomes of this workshop will be used to guide the future of NESCent's digital data initatiative (DRIADE).
The workshop is structured along four central themes. Each theme is addressed by a break-out group. The break-out groups will be run concurrently, but the whole session of all four break-out groups will be repeated once, giving each participant the ability to participate in two groups. A fifth "theme" looking at emerging technologies to be included in future plans follows at the end.
- Theme 1: Adoption and sustainability
- How can a repository achieve long-term financial sustainability? What must be done to promote adoption by scientists?
- Theme 2: Intellectual property
- How to balance intellectual property concerns with the goals of data sharing?
- Theme 3: Distribution and replication
- What are the possibilities and liabilities of distributed data management and how can a repository interface with specialized repositories?
- Theme 4: Lifecycle management
- What are the challenges and issues related to a heterogeneous and changing landscape of data formats and technologies?
- Theme 5: Looking toward "Phase III"
- How might emerging technologies (e.g. semantic web/Web 2.0) impact the future of digital data sharing in small science disciplines?
- 9:00 Introduction and Objectives
- Todd Vision: Introduction to DRIADE
- 1-2 minute introductions for each participant
- Chalk-talks on key topics
- Ahrash Bissell: OpenContext and the Alexandria Archive Institute
- Leesa Brieger: SRB & iRODS
- Paul Jones: iBiblio.org
- Michael Nelson: OAI and OAI standards
- Oya Rieger: Data Curation and eScholarship
- Gail Steinhart: Integrating discipline-specific metadata standards for digital curation
- Stuart Weibel: OCLC, Identifiers, and the web of the future
- Objectives for workshop
- 11:00 break
- 11:15 Four concurrent breakouts
- 12:15 Lunch
- 1:30 Four concurrent breakouts - continuation of groups from morning
- 3:30 Break
- 3:50 10 minute group summaries with 10-20 minute discussion
identify issues to address the second day
- Questions that emerged from yesterday
- 9:00 Four concurrent breakouts with different groups - let people change their assignments
- 10:30 break
- 10:50 Return to same four concurrent breakouts
- 12:15 Lunch
- 1:30 10 minute group summaries with discussions
- 2:30 Forward-looking theme
- 3:30 Adjourn
- Breakout group: Sustainability and Adoption (by Lorraine Eakin) ( )
- Breakout group: Intellectual property (by Laura Sheble)
- Breakout group: Distribution and replication (by Carolyn Hank) [Carolyn is in the process of summarizing these notes.]
- Breakout group: Lifecycle Management (by Sarah Carrier)
- Breakout group: Promoting participation (by Laura Sheble)
- Breakout group: Lessons Learned (by Lorraine Eakin) ( )
- Breakout group: Architecture (by Sarah Carrier)
- Forward looking theme session (by Lorraine Eakin) ( )
- Transcript by note-taking (by Amy) ( )
- For long-distance participants, the hotel is the Millenium Hotel (2800 Campus Walk Ave, Durham, NC 27705; tel. (919) 383-8575)
- For dining & entertainment, NESCent is right across from Ninth Street
- For the venue, NESCent is in the historic Erwin Mills building ( )
- A glossary of some key terms and acronyms.
- Jed Dube, Sarah Carrier, Jane Greenberg (2007). DRIADE—A Data Repository for Evolutionary Biology. Poster-paper at JCDL 2007.
- The DRIADE Project: Phased Application Profile Development in Support of Open Science, submission to Dublin Core 2007
- Useful Wikipedia articles: Meta_data, Evolution, Small Science
- We have started to use the tag " " on Connotea. Everyone is welcome to suggest references by using this tag.
Members of the DRIADE team are in bold font.
|Bradley Anholt||University of Victoria|
|Ahrash Bissell||Duke University|
|Amy Bouck||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Leesa Brieger||Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)|
|Sarah Carrier||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Jed Dube||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Lori Eakin||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Jane Greenberg||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Carolyn Hank||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Harold Heatwole||North Carolina State University|
|Brad Hemminger||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Paul Jones||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Joel Kingsolver||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Karen Letarte||North Carolina State University|
|John Madden||Duke University|
|Kristin Martin||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Steve Morris||North Carolina State University|
|Michael Nelson||Old Dominion University|
|Bob Peet||University of North Carolina Chapel Hill|
|Mark Rausher||Duke University|
|Oya Rieger||Cornell University|
|Dav Robertson||National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences|
|David Romito||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Ryan Scherle||Indiana University|
|Laura Sheble||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Kathleen Smith||Duke University|
|Gail Steinhard||Cornell University|
|Helen Tibbo||University of North Carolina Chapel Hill|
|Larry Tindell||(Currently unaffiliated)|
|Marcy Uyenoyama||Duke University|
|Todd Vision||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Stuart Weibel||Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)|
|Derek Wildman||Wayne State University|