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Designing Data Services for the Institutional Repository

Presenter 1
Ryan Womack
Rutgers University Libraries
Presenter 2
Ron Jantz
Rutgers University Libraries

The capacity to archive research datasets and make them accessible is a role that an increasing number of institutional repositories in universities are taking on. At Rutgers University, the capacity to handle data is being added to RUCore, the Rutgers University Community Repository. RUCore already supports scholarly papers, dissertations, images, sound, and video. This presentation discusses the work of the RUCore Data Working Group in setting format and metadata standards for datasets, designing an architecture appropriate to data in our Fedora repository, and creating a web interface that makes the datasets and related RUCore collections discoverable. Relevant comparisons to peer institutions and digital curation practices are discussed. The data service is being prototyped through our work with faculty in the School of Engineering and the School of Communication and Information. This faculty research data, along with examples of datasets acquired by the Libraries that need preservation, provide the initial testbed for the RUCore Data Service. Development will continue on a complete curation lifecycle for datasets, from initial deposit to versioning and revision.

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