Paleonet: An Open Letter in Support of Digital Data Archiving
mahaffy at dordt.edu
Wed Mar 30 02:22:48 GMT 2011
>>> Jere Lipps 03/27/11 9:06 AM >>>
we have therefore
required authors to enter into an archiving agreement, in which the
author commits to archive the data on an institutional Web site, with a
copy of the data held at Science. But such agreements are only a stopgap
solution; more support for permanent, community-maintained archives is
badly needed." Much of this is about Science's new effort, but the last
statement refers to the problem that I noted but which Brooks now
writes as "badly needed". In his seminar, he added that funding to fix
this need was very uncertain and that some existing data repositories
were in financial distress already.
At smaller liberal arts colleges like ours at Dordt, we really don't have the resources currently to archive much data according to our IT administrator. Apparently you not only have to archive it but you will need to back it up every 5 years or so if it is saved on a magnetic media (tapes) or the information will be lost. Our administration would have to put a lot of funds into an archiving system. As it is a trial of digitizing and storing the college's archives is taking too much hard drive space and we will have to spend serious money on storage and retrieval systems.
But then we are not a research institution, but it could be a big problem for those of us who are doing or are committed to do research.
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