Digital scholarship blog

18 April 2016

Diamonds are forever. What about research data?

This is a guest post by  Dr Kirstie Hewlett, Project Support Officer for the THOR project.

The British Library’s Head of Digital Scholarship Adam Farquhar recently delivered a keynote at Our Digital Future. This conference, which was held in Cambridge on 14−15 March 2016, addressed challenges in long term preservation and archiving of digital data across a wide range of disciplines. His talk, titled “Diamonds are forever. What about research data?”, looked at some of the challenges to re-using data in the future and the fracture lines in the scholarly record between articles and data. In this talk, Adam considered ways to close these gaps and identified recent technical developments that may help researchers without radically changing their workflows. As Adam proposed, the emerging network of services, catalysed through the EU-funded THOR project coordinated by the library, promises to help researchers get appropriate credit for the additional work that they do to make data re-usable now and in the future.

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