The Book of Trogool

This is a pushmi-pullyu post. I need some help with an environmental scan, so I’ll get us started and the rest of you smart folks can amplify my knowledge.

I want to understand what’s going on where with data curation specifically at the institutional level (no NOAA, no ICPSR, none of that) Stateside. Grant-funded is fine, though I’m doubly curious about programs that have been weaned (or are weaning themselves) off the grant money. Here are the programs I know about offhand:

Tell me what I’m missing, please and thank you.


  1. #1 Nathan Sarr
    November 13, 2009

    I’m not sure if this is what you are looking for but we built an open software product called ir+ which allows researchers, faculty and staff to author, share, collaborate and optionally publish into the repository – all rolled into one application. We are running it in production here:

  2. #2 Dorothea Salo
    November 13, 2009

    That’s close… but it’s mostly for collaboration on publications, yes? I’m hoping for things a little closer to raw data. (Which isn’t to say IR+ couldn’t go in that direction! Very likely it could.)

    That said, I completely forgot to mention UPEI’s virtual research environments, as well as HubZero and Scratchpads.

  3. #3 Nathan Sarr
    November 13, 2009

    Well, actually it’s a private workspace for sharing of any type of file or data with no restriction on usage – so it can be used for either – it’s up to the researcher.

    Size does become an issue on upload – on campus; we have had examples of uploaded files larger than 200 MB. However, I’m not sure what raw data set size you are looking into. Gigabyte size data sets may be another story.

  4. #4 Dorothea Salo
    November 13, 2009

    Right! That’s right up my alley, then. Thanks! (And for small science, I think you’ve come pretty close to the 80/20 point. I suspect they’ll let you know if/when they need more!)

    Also noting this report, which answers my own question about San Diego.

  5. #5 Jeremy Kenyon
    November 13, 2009

    The University of Idaho has INSIDE Idaho, the statewide clearinghouse for GIS data.

  6. #6 Chris Rusbridge
    November 16, 2009

    You’d surely have to include UC’s CDL… their digital preservation initiative has even been re-branded University of California Curation Center (UC3).

    And surely Johns Hopkins would be worth a mention; their Datanet-funded activity stems from local roots.

    Several of the NDIIPP projects have strong local rots as well. Georgia Tech would be a good example, I think.

  7. #7 Dorothea Salo
    November 24, 2009

    Excellent. Many thanks! (Now, I will wander off and try to find out why my emailed comment notifications aren’t working properly…)

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