Research Data Lifecycle Management

Workshop on Research Data Lifecycle Management (RDLM 2011)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1137007.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

THIS WORKSHOP WAS HELD on July 18-20, 2011
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Thanks to all who helped to make this workshop a success!

Workshop Recommendations Summary (posted Mar 2013)

We are planning to add to the above summary and have the workshop materials below accessible through more permanent URLs, suitable for citation, in a final workshop report, to be issued shortly.

The objective of this National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded workshop was to bring together researchers, campus information technology (IT) leaders, and library/archive specialists to discuss the topic of data lifecycle management specifically as it relates to computational science and engineering research data. Discussions concerned a common understanding of best practices and funding models for selecting, storing, describing, and preserving these digital data. The workshop was also meant to help to cultivate partnerships between these communities to foster continued developments in the preservation and sharing of research data.

Workshop Materials

Note: additional material to be added shortly... (4-25-2016)

Workshop Agenda (updated on 7-20-2011)

Submitted Position Papers (updated on 7-22-2011)

Workshop Description

This workshop will bring together thought leaders on the topic of Research Data Lifecycle Management, including researchers, librarians, archivists, and IT professionals. Through the workshop program, attendees will be able to participate in the development of a data lifecycle management framework. By drawing together this diverse group of specialists, the workshop will be able to leverage the progress made to date by the digital curation, preservation and open repositories communities. The workshop will also promote the needed interaction, collaboration, and information sharing among diverse institutions and groups involved in High Performance Computing (HPC), research computing, IT, libraries, and archives. The goal is to develop a combination of policy and financial frameworks that ensures maintenance of important data over time scales longer than the career of any individual investigator.

On-site participation will be limited to a total of seventy-five leaders with balanced representation from the following areas:

In addition, video/audio streaming coupled with twitter will be used to reach a much broader range of off-site participants. We hope to engage a diverse population of researchers and professionals involved in research data lifecycle management to represent varying perspectives and differing institutions in the conversation.

Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:

A vendor panel discussion and a funding agency panel discussion are also planned.

Position papers, submitted by people involved in the production, use, and management of data used in research computing, will help to gather input from a broad community to seed the conversations at the workshop.

This NSF funded workshop is a collaboration between the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) and the EDUCAUSE ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Group, and will be hosted at the Nassau Inn, adjacent to Princeton University’s campus in Princeton, NJ, Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 20. The workshop will include an informal reception at the Prospect House, Princeton University’s faculty/staff club on Monday, July 18 at 5:30 pm. It will also include a dinner at Rats, a restaurant on the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 pm.

The findings of the workshop will be described in a report written by the organizing committee and an invited group of participants. The report will be submitted to EDUCAUSE for publication and posted on the CASC website.

Please feel free to contact members of the organizing committee by email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Organizing Committee

Curt Hillegas, Ph.D. - Chair
Director of Research Computing, Princeton University

Rajendra (Raj) Bose, Ph.D.
Manager, Research Computing Services, Columbia University

Kerstin Lehnert, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Oren Sreebny
Senior Director Emerging Technologies and Communications, IT Services, University of Chicago


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