Preserving electronic data
ahopkins at physics.usyd.edu.au
Tue Nov 11 03:51:38 PST 2008
> >Here is a cautionary tale of data preservation from the UK:
> > http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/25.44.html#subj7
> Getting into the meat of the link, I find that the problems with the
> Domesday project came basically from the fact that funding was given
> to a selection and recording effort, with no thought of funding of the
> curation of the stored data.
Echoing Juan's point, this is exactly the issue that I have seen
crop up repeatedly with numerous of the smaller astro survey projects.
Unless there is a dedicated team member who has both the IT skills
and the continuing position (university or otherwise) to maintain
a database long-term, there is a real difficulty in maintaining
long-term viability of data.
Providing an infrastructure that supports data curation is a vital
component of any virtual observatory effort.
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