Media Taxomony. COMTAX: A Community-driven Curation Process for Taxonomic Databases. Background Biological taxonomy attempts to describe and catalogue the Earth's known living and fossil organisms.
This information is curated in taxonomic databases and provides the basic knowledge needed to underpin the sound management and conservation of biodiversity. However, this curation task faces two major difficulties: 1)Large-scale digitisation projects such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library 1 has improved access to many old and rare taxonomic monographs. However, extracting the knowledge from these scanned volumes is a difficult and labour-intensive process. This project begins to address these difficulties by developing and establishing a community-driven curation process among practising taxonomists, by providing tools to help taxonomists identify and validate taxonomic names from the scanned historical literature. A key aspect of the project is that the curation process must be brought into the working patterns of practising taxonomists.
Objectives The main outputs will be: Taxonomy in Content Curation. I ran across an interesting post by Karan Bavandi: “Link Management System” vs.
“Content Management Systems” – In search of tools for curators. He talks about the differences between Content Management Systems and Link Management Systems for curation. I’m not sure I buy his analysis, but let me drill down on one of the points having to do with managing taxonomies: The site “Social Media Informer” is an example of using a CMS platform to do curation.
First I have to admit that they have done a very good job of building a comprehensive taxonomy (classification) system to organize all the content they serve. He has some good points. Automated Classification The system certainly needs to be able to automatically classify into the taxonomy (at least at a starting point). Without automated classification, the only other solution would be to rely on crowdsourcing. Taxonomy Navigation The system also needs to be able to provide navigation support through the taxonomy. Digital curation. The term curation in the past commonly referred to museum and library professionals.
It has since been applied to interaction with social media including compiling digital images, web links and movie files. Approaches to digital curation The Digital Curation Centre is a "world leading centre of expertise in digital information curation" that assists higher education research institutions. The DCC is based in the UK and began operations in early 2004. Data curation. Data curation is a term used to indicate management activities required to maintain research data long-term such that it is available for reuse and preservation.
In science, data curation may indicate the process of extraction of important information from scientific texts, such as research articles by experts, to be converted into an electronic format, such as an entry of a biological database. The term is also used in the humanities, where increasing cultural and scholarly data from digital humanities projects requires the expertise and analytical practices of data curation. In broad terms, curation means a range of activities and processes done to create, manage, maintain, and validate a component. Definition and practice This term is sometimes used in context of biological databases, where specific biological information is firstly obtained from a range of research articles and then stored within a specific category of database.
Curating e-Science Data. By Maureen Pennock, The British Library Published: 24 August 2006 Browse the paper below or download the pdf. 1.
Introduction The term 'e-Science' commonly refers to large-scale scientific collaborations carried out over the 'Grid', a technical architecture and infrastructure for co-ordinated and distributed sharing of data, resources and communications. e-Science methodologies increase capacity and capabilities, and are rapidly transforming not just science, but also medicine, engineering, and business; their effect is thus near-global.
Curation MM. Deluge of scientific data needs to be curated for long-term use. With the world awash in information, curating all the scientifically relevant bits and bytes is an important task, especially given digital data's increasing importance as the raw materials for new scientific discoveries, an expert in information science at the University of Illinois says.
Carole L. Palmer, a professor of library and information science, says that data curation -- the active and ongoing management of data through their lifecycle of interest to science -- is now understood to be an important part of supporting and advancing research. "There's a lot of recognition now of the value of data as assets to institutions and to the scientific enterprise, more generally," Palmer said. "Saving only the publications that report the results of research simply isn't enough anymore. Researchers also need access to data that can be integrated and re-used in new ways. Research libraries, on the other hand, have this mission and always have been committed to this. Digital Curation for Science, Digital Libraries, and Individuals. Digital Curation for Science, Digital Libraries, and Individuals Neil Beagrie 2006, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 3-16 doi:10.2218/ijdc.v1i1.2 Abstract The creation, management and use of digital materials are of increasing importance for a wide range of activities.
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