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Implementing a Digital Repository for the Preservation of Interdisciplinary Data

Presenter 1
Robert R. Downs
CIESIN, Columbia University
Presenter 2
Robert S. Chen
CIESIN, Columbia University

Digital scientific data created during the last few decades offer potential for analysis by future users and for integration with other data from different disciplines to support interdisciplinary analysis, discovery, decision-making, and education. However, significant barriers remain in managing and documenting such data sufficiently to meet the needs of future and interdisciplinary users. One possible approach to overcoming these barriers is to develop and implement digital repository systems within an appropriate institutional context. We report here on progress in implementing a digital repository using the Fedora open source software, working with the Columbia University Libraries. After discussing platform selection, feasibility testing, and collection development policy issues, we describe our experience with data migration and parallel ingest of data. We then discuss current system enhancements, challenges, and plans to improve capabilities for ingesting data and for enabling dissemination that supports future applications and use.

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