The Data Deluge: Can Libraries Cope with E-Science?

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Welcome to the exhilarating world of E-science, the new research mode that takes advantage of digital technology to assemble and process vast amounts of data—and to deliver that data via powerful, highly distributed network capabilities. But what does this mean for libraries? How should they rethink and retool themselves in order to provide ongoing access to the growing body of E-science?

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"These essays present ground-breaking information on this topic and will be of professional interest to practitioners of information science and instructors teaching information science."



"Increasingly scientists pursue their craft at keyboards, pulling data from a vast network of sensors such as telescopes and weather stations and research reports from past or present wet-workers in laboratories, fields, and the like. Library professionals here ask who will acquire, evaluate, manage, and preserve all these sets of data for as long as they are needed; who will maintain the infrastructure that makes it all possible; who will provide access points; and who will explain to these scientists how to use the system. They highly suspect that research libraries will play a large role, and that librarians had better be prepared. They begin by reviewing such aspects as an agenda for action, and academic libraries in science data set management and scholarly communication for domain sciences and engineering. Then they offer perspectives from national organizations such as the Council on Library and Information Resources, and from individual research libraries such as Johns Hopkins University."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588870
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Kakugyo S. Chiku vii

Introduction Deanna B. Marcum Gerald George ix

Part I Overview of E-Science Challenges for Libraries 1

1 Grand Challenges and New Roles for the Twenty-first-Century Research Library in an Era of E-Science Richard E. Luce 3

2 E-Science and Research Libraries: An Agenda for Action Wendy Pradt Lougee 17

3 The Challenges of E-Science Data Set Management and Scholarly Communication for Domain Sciences and Engineering: A Role for Academic Libraries and Librarians James L. Mullins 33

4 Changes in Research Libraries as a Result of E-Science Initiatives: A Snapshot Neil Rumbo 43

Part II Perspectives From National Organizations 61

5 Library and Information Technology Support of E-Science in the Western Context Joan K. Lippincott 63

6 Head in the Clouds and Boots on the Ground: Science, Cyberinfrastructure, and CLIR Amy Friedlander 77

Part III Perspectives from Individual Research Libraries 91

7 E-Science at Johns Hopkins University G. Sayeed Choudhury 93

8 An Idiosyncratic Perspective on the History and Development at University California, San Diego, of Support for Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled E-Science Brian E. C. Schottlaender 99

9 The National Agricultural Library and E-Science Peter R. Young 113

Index 131

About the Editors and Contributors 141

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