D. Scott Brandt
Associate Dean for Research
Michael C. Witt
Research Systems Administrator
Purdue University Libraries will build a model to archive datasets generated at a university during the research process and make these datasets available by linking them to the resulting research publication. To accomplish this requires strong working, collaborative relationships between librarians, researchers and university information technologists. Purdue University has unique relationships in this endeavor, including librarian faculty who engage in interdisciplinary research, disciplinary faculty who are willing to partner with librarian faculty as co-principal investigators on sponsored research proposals, and an extensive university information technology division that has research scientists on staff who facilitate and support research throughout the University.
This project investigates the processes needed to facilitate discovery and access to research data in repositories. It builds on work which supports data access over distributed systems, especially integrating OAI-PMH compliant repositories and SRB for remote file access. Outcomes will include using available technologies to support collection management processes for research data in a distributed digital environment. The investigation focuses on identifying different environments and pathways depending on how data is utilized (e.g., for discovery, archive or use) and presents a portal front-end to a distributed architecture which stores or points to data depending on its type, location or format.