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UIC University Library further strengthens commitment to scientific data preservation through collaboration with DataOne

To further enhance its digital preservation efforts, the UIC University Library recently expanded its role in the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). DataONE is a community-driven project that enables earth and environmental scientists to easily share and preserve their data through an open, persistent, robust and secure computer network and suite of software tools. The project is committed to engaging a broad and diverse community of users around the world, engaging students and citizens in science through efforts that span the entire data life cycle, from data gathering, to management, to analysis and publication. The hope for the project is to promote collaborations among scientists working to solve the world’s environmental grand challenges.

Launched in 2009 and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the DataONE community is led by the University of New Mexico and comprised of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, numerous universities and libraries, coalitions of scientists and data repositories world-wide.

The UIC University Library has been involved in the development and operations of DataONE since its early stages, providing expertise in the areas of cyberinfrastructure, usability and assessment, program leadership and information science. This month, UIC strengthened its commitment to the project by contributing a Member Node that provides data replication services. In doing so, UIC copies other network members’ content and stores it on its servers, making it available in case of outages or failures at their home repositories.

“The UIC University Library’s collaboration with DataONE is an important part of our overall commitment to digital preservation services. The relationship benefits both the Library as well as the broader community of scholars and institutions responsible for stewarding our cultural heritage and scholarly information,” said Robert Sandusky, associate university librarian for Information Technology and associate dean and associate professor.

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