Between a Microscope and a Museum: The Tension Between Content and Context in Digital Collections

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/593302
Title:
Between a Microscope and a Museum: The Tension Between Content and Context in Digital Collections
Authors:
Mitchell, Kenneth ( 0000-0003-3016-114X ) ; Baessa, Mohamed A. ( 0000-0001-9927-5204 ) ; Tamarkin, Molly ( 0000-0002-6698-1126 )
Abstract:
What should a digital collection of research data look like? Should we treat it as a “born-digital” collection and apply library special collections treatments to it? Should we view it solely as part of the research process life-cycle and focus on contextualized and accessible storage techniques? Or are there other solutions that can combine these approaches? Can we incorporate the benefits of both research data management practices and special collections traditions, focusing on utility, reuse, preservation and meaningful context, while avoiding pitfalls of obscurity, excesses of branding, boutique-style presentations, or simply redundancy? Using the example of a research project on Saudi desert microbes and the challenges we’ve faced in contextualizing, organizing and framing the data, we will present how a young Saudi Arabian science and technology university has been tackling these issues as it works to develop a digital collections and data curation program that can serve its present and future researchers, and the university, as well as advance scholarship within the global scientific community.
KAUST Department:
University Library
Publisher:
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Journal:
CNI fall meeting 2015
Issue Date:
15-Dec-2015
Type:
Presentation
Additional Links:
https://www.cni.org/topics/digital-curation/between-a-microscope-and-a-museum-the-tension-between-content-and-context-in-digital-collections
Appears in Collections:
Conference Papers/Presentations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Kennethen
dc.contributor.authorBaessa, Mohamed A.en
dc.contributor.authorTamarkin, Mollyen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-12T06:04:01Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-12T06:04:01Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-15en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/593302en
dc.description.abstractWhat should a digital collection of research data look like? Should we treat it as a “born-digital” collection and apply library special collections treatments to it? Should we view it solely as part of the research process life-cycle and focus on contextualized and accessible storage techniques? Or are there other solutions that can combine these approaches? Can we incorporate the benefits of both research data management practices and special collections traditions, focusing on utility, reuse, preservation and meaningful context, while avoiding pitfalls of obscurity, excesses of branding, boutique-style presentations, or simply redundancy? Using the example of a research project on Saudi desert microbes and the challenges we’ve faced in contextualizing, organizing and framing the data, we will present how a young Saudi Arabian science and technology university has been tackling these issues as it works to develop a digital collections and data curation program that can serve its present and future researchers, and the university, as well as advance scholarship within the global scientific community.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCoalition for Networked Information (CNI)en
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cni.org/topics/digital-curation/between-a-microscope-and-a-museum-the-tension-between-content-and-context-in-digital-collectionsen
dc.subjectResearch Dataen
dc.subjectResearch Impacten
dc.subjectDigital collectionen
dc.subjectfunding aiden
dc.subjectMicroscopeen
dc.subjectmuseumen
dc.subjectcni2015fallen
dc.subjectProject Briefings & Plenary Sessionsen
dc.titleBetween a Microscope and a Museum: The Tension Between Content and Context in Digital Collectionsen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Libraryen
dc.identifier.journalCNI fall meeting 2015en
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
kaust.authorBaessa, Mohamed A.en
kaust.authorMitchell, Kennethen
kaust.authorTamarkin, Mollyen
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