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UVa Library SciDac: New Partnerships and Services to Support Scientific Data in the Library

Presenter 1
Andrew Sallans
University of Virginia Library
Presenter 2
Sherri Lake
University of Virginia Library

The University of Virginia Library created a new unit called the Scientific Data Consulting Group (SciDaC) in May 2010 to respond to the increasing need for data management support in the sciences. Since its creation, the SciDaC group has focused on three main priorities: 1) data assessment interviews to establish a baseline on scientific research data management processes, 2) development of institutional support for researchers in response to new data management regulations (ie. NSF, etc.), and 3) integration of institutional scientific research data with the new institutional repository. This effort built upon previous experience providing scientific research support through a partnership with UVA’s central IT group. In order to build and scale this new endeavor, we have aggressively worked to establish and grow new partnerships inside and outside of the institution. The talk will focus on our experiences providing these consulting services and the challenges we have faced in integrating data management expertise into the library environment. It will also cover some specifics of the partnerships that we have developed and the opportunities that we are looking toward in the future.

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