The application of archival concepts to a data-intensive environment: working with scientists to understand data management and preservation needs
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- Akmon, D., Zimmerman, A., Daniels, M. et al. Arch Sci (2011) 11: 329. doi:10.1007/s10502-011-9151-4
The collection, organization, and long-term preservation of resources are the raison d’être of archives and archivists. The archival community, however, has largely neglected science data, assuming they were outside the bounds of their professional concerns. Scientists, on the other hand, increasingly recognize that they lack the skills and expertise needed to meet the demands being placed on them with regard to data curation and are seeking the help of “data archivists” and “data curators.” This represents a significant opportunity for archivists and archival scholars but one that can only be realized if they better understand the scientific context.