Riding the Data Wave: Research Libraries’ Role and Response

James L. Mullins, Ph.D
Dean of Libraries & Professor, Purdue University

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When it became apparent that management, sharing and preservation of data sets were creating challenges for investigators, especially after greater access was desired by researchers and the more recent mandate issued by funding agencies, some method or process needed to be established that would provide reliable, consistent, and possible, perpetual access to data sets. Although it was not apparent initially, research libraries are now stepping forward to create order in a very confusing arena. This presentation will present an overview of the challenge; the response of the research library community, both within the U. S. and internationally; and the need for collaboration between STM publishers and libraries to regularize linking and citation for data sets through the work of DataCite and CrossRef.