Paleonet: Fwd: Re: An Open Letter in Support of Digital Data Archiving--Brooks clarifies
jlipps at berkeley.edu
Wed Mar 30 12:09:17 GMT 2011
Future not bleak, but challenging. Thanks for the clarification,
Brooks. [forwarded o PaleoNet with Brook's permission}
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Subject: Re: Paleonet: An Open Letter in Support of Digital Data Archiving
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:07:10 -0400
From: Brooks Hanson <bhanson at aaas.org>
To: Jere Lipps <jlipps at berkeley.edu>
thanks for forwarding; we've been following this thread a bit. coincidentally, I spent today at a national science board workshop at NSF on data archiving, so I think funding agencies are also concerned about these issues; other funding agencies were also in attendance. It is certainly the case that several prominent databases have lost funding or are struggling (the example I gave at berkeley was the arabidopsis database in plant science, which had NSF funding, but is now on it's own and a bit desperate). But I would say that this issue is a major challenge, rather than is bleak (or at least I hope it is not). I think community efforts will be important, at the very least journals notice community efforts.
From my previous post:
>...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. I interpreted this as a "bleak
> future" [Brooks may not have used that phrase, I don't remember, but
> that was my view after listening to him.] This is a major problem. I
> cc him on this in case he might clarify any of this for PaleoNet readers.
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