Workshop on Research Data Lifecycle Management

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Workshop on Research Data Lifecycle Management

July 18
-
20, 2011

Princeton University

Erik Brisson

Information Services & Technology
,

Research Computing

Boston University


Mission

Boston University Libraries and BU Information Services & Technology are partnering to offer a suite of
services to support BU researchers in creating and deploy
ing data management plans.

This initiative is
driven by several f
actors, including
:

the need
to support faculty requests and the requir
e
m
ents of
funding agencies; consolidation of resources;

and

support of

transparency, reproducibility,
accountability
, provenanc
e,
curation,
reusability and dissemination
.

Basic

infrastructure for support of data management has been in place on our
IS&T
-
managed
high
performance c
omputing systems
for many years
: large, fast
, reliable

disk arrays;
automated backups; an
archiving system;
and
version control softwa
re. Our storage, backup
, and archiving services
are
curren
tly being
renewed,
expand
ed and centralized

on an institution
-
wide scale. The
L
ibraries

have

deployed Digital Common
, a facility
built on DSpace
,

for researchers to disse
minate their work
.

Planning
is in progress for

providing consulti
ng, instruction
, and web
-
based
ref
erence materials

for faculty

designing research data plans.

By its very nature, the research en
deavor

cannot be su
pported by using

a one
-
size
-
fits
-
all solution.
In the
Information T
echnology contex
t,
we aim to cover as much territory as poss
ible with off
-
the
-
shelf tool
s

and support the remaining

cases with consulting and customized s
olutions.

By maintaining
communication with our research community,
we try to
keep abreast of futur
e requirements
. Engaging
in a f
ew time
-
intensive collaborations keeps staff involved with the research process and encourages a
deeper i
nve
stment in

support
ing it
. This also allows experime
ntation with new tec
hnology alongside

committed researchers before making large scale inve
stments.

Our
highest
priority

is to support our researchers
,

which requires
gathering
as much i
nforma
tion from
t
hem

as possible
while
im
posing a minimal

burden
.
We are using tools such as surveys
where
applicable,

communicating

with established contacts, and are considering

internal grants of money
and/or facilities to foster creative ideas and stimulate activity.

Responsible Parties

The Scientific Computing and Visuali
zation (SCV) group within Information Services & Technology
provides specialized computing and communication resources in support of computational science and
engineering, scientific visualization, computer graphics, and other discipli
nes that require high
-
performance computing or complex visualization. SCV manages these resources in close co
llaboration
with the University

s Center for Computational Science. The supercomputing facilities provided by the
group include a 1024
-
node IBM Blu
e Gene system, a collection of IBM pSeries 655 shared
-
memory
systems, and Intel and AMD based Linu
x clusters. The group also runs

t
he Computer Graphics
Laboratory

and the high
-
resolution, tiled, stereoscopic Deep Vision Display Wall.

Boston University Libraries are committed to providing long
-
term access to the digital content they
collect and cu
rate. The Libraries


long history of preserving traditional content informs its decisions
about digital preservation. The Libraries recognize that collaborative approaches to preserving digital
content are essential. Support for collaborative efforts such
as Portico
and LOCKSS
is an important part
of the Libraries overall

digital preservation strategy.
The Libraries adhere to best practices for digital
preservation to i
nsure data accessibility, fixity and usability. BU

Digital Common, the University

s
institutional repository, functions as a primary reposit
ory and focus for the Libraries


preservation
efforts.