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A review and redesign of Roper Center infrastructure

Presenter 1
Elise Dunham
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Presenter 2
Cindy Teixeira
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Like many institutions, the Roper Center has been considering its sustainability over time. Looking to the future, the rapid proliferation of data and emerging technologies in the research community will cause foreseeable pressure on the Center’s aging systems, processing workflows and limited resource allocation. In response to these challenges, the Roper Center, guided by consultant Ann Green, began “A Review and Redesign of Roper Center Infrastructure” in 2011 with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project initiated with an internal review of operations as well as an environmental scan of standards and practices in the digital curation field. Based on this collaborative effort, Green developed a detailed report including a framework and recommendations to facilitate institutional changes. The Roper Center team is developing a new single-stream, DDI-compliant data processing infrastructure that will streamline quality review of incoming public opinion materials. By implementing a more policy-driven and standards-based workflow, the Center will ensure the long-term preservation of and improve access to our materials. This presentation will provide an overview of policy changes and technological improvements the Roper Center has executed based upon its workflow analysis and offer recommendations relevant to any institution considering undergoing an internal review process.

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