Digital Services Librarian
Miami University of Ohio
The world is currently experiencing an explosion of remotely sensed imagery available from civilian and private satellites. Driving much of this explosion in data is a growing awareness of the utility of satellite data in a wide variety of disciplines including agriculture, cartography, education, forestry, geology, and urban planning among others. However, the ever-widening array of data products available for purchase and acquisition presents a daunting collection development challenge for libraries. One approach that can be used is for a library to directly collaborate with research faculty at multiple institutions to build and manage a shared collection where the funding can come from multiple sources including the researchers themselves. The Miami University Libraries have taken this approach to build a shared satellite data collection as the core collection of the Ohioview research consortium. This now nearly 10-year collaboration has resulted in a widely used and successful data archive that provides a core research resource for Ohio faculty who use remote sensing data. This briefing will discuss the development of the OhioView Digital Archive including a mixed data funding model, how the archive continues to impact remote sensing research in Ohio, and the nature of the partnership between Library and research lab.