Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Data, Data Everywhere

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Data, Data Everywhere

Article excerpt

When I called for papers on data management in libraries in 2015,1 only got a few proposals. Go figure, because data has been a big subject inside and outside of classic research communities. This year, when I repeated the call, so much interest was expressed-and I got so excited at the prospects- that I booked twice as many articles as we could publish in this issue.

For libraries, the "data" challenge has many aspects, but there are three topics that often crop up:

* Public data repositories that represent large, searchable factual data collections

* Research data depositories-increasingly required by research funding agencies-to archive the data on which published research is based

* Data about and for libraries; data to inform stakeholders, improve services, and perfect professional methods

This issue touches on it all-from national data archives to local website data analytics. …

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