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Title:Envisioning and Enacting a Coherent Organization-Wide View of Data
Author(s):Baker, Karen S.; Mayernik, Matthew S.; Thompson, Cheryl A.; Nienhouse, Eric; Williams, Steve; Worley, Steve
Subject(s):data management
data curation
Geographic Coverage:National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
Abstract:Amidst the contemporary focus on open data and national coordination, there is a need for organization-centric discussions about scientific data and data management. Data collections at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its parent organization the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) began in the mid-1960s, and have grown continuously, encompassing long-term reference data sets, field project data sets, and climate simulation results, among other data types. In addition, multiple NCAR and UCAR groups provide data tools and services. These wide-ranging efforts have largely been addressed as independent projects. While this has resulted in a large set of valuable services, it has also created challenges for coordinating efforts, sharing expertise, and presenting these services in a coherent fashion to potential users. Further, data services are not uniformly distributed around the organization, resulting in a spectrum of practices that varies among organizational units. As notions of ‘data access’ and ‘data integration’ develop, the work with data at NCAR and UCAR provides a case example of community-building activities and intra-organizational coordination over time. In this poster, we discuss four collective endeavors over the past 20 years to increase coordination and develop more coherence across UCAR and NCAR data services. Two of the recent efforts are ongoing. These undertakings are embedded within an evolving IT infrastructure so each is constrained by very different technologies. Though they differ in scope and outcomes, they share the overarching goal of increasing intra-organization coordination. We present lessons learned, including how prior efforts informed the creation of the current Data Stewardship Engineering Team activities within NCAR. This study will inform current open access and data sharing efforts by highlighting the importance of internal alignment and coordination within individual organizations. Evolution of an intra-organization view of data is a critical enabler of increased inter-organization data integration and discovery, and requires a continuing process of envisioning and re-envisioning.
Issue Date:2015-02
Citation Info:Baker, K.S., M.S. Mayernik, C. A. Thompson, E. Nienhouse, S. Williams, S. Worley (2015). Envisioning and Enacting a Coherent Organization-Wide View of Data. Poster presented at the 10th International Digital Curation Conference, February 2015, London.
Series/Report:Proceedings of the International Digital Curation Conference
Genre:Conference Poster
Sponsor:Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC), IMLS Award# RE-02-10-0004-10
Rights Information:Karen S. Baker
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-02-04

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