Data by Design: Reviewing Curation Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

lizlyonAs part of the Digital Curation Institute’s Lecture Series 2014, guest speaker Liz Lyon gave the second DCI lecture and held a graduate seminar on February 7.

It is now ten years since the seminal Data Deluge paper which described the UK eScience Programme and highlighted the need for enhanced data curation capability. In her talk, Professor Lyon will briefly review some key trends during this data timeline, and will then evaluate recent achievements, current LIS activities and future challenges. She will draw on the work of the Digital Curation Centre, UKOLN Informatics and a range of research data management (RDM) projects. Liz’s presentation will include a look at data policy, strategy and planning initiatives, with commentary on supporting RDM service development and delivery in academic libraries and information services. Finally, Liz will explore some perceived gaps, exciting new opportunities and innovative approaches to building the essential workforce capability and capacity in the community.

Dr Liz Lyon is Director of UKOLN Informatics and Associate Director, UK Digital Curation Centre University of Bath UK, where she leads work to promote synergies between digital libraries and open science environments, and Visiting Professor at the iSchool, University of Pittsburgh. She is author of major direction-setting Reports and articles including Dealing with Data (2007), Open Science at Web-Scale: Optimising Participation and Predictive Potential (2009) and The Informatics Transform : Re-engineering Libraries for the Data Decade (2012). She has led a series of pioneering research data management projects: eBank, eCrystals Federation, Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2), SageCite, Patients Participate! and Research360, all of which explored links between research data, scholarly communications and open science. Liz is co-Chair of the DataONE International Advisory Board and the Research Data Alliance Community Capability Model Interest Group. She regularly gives keynotes and has spoken on libraries and informatics, research data management and open science, in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Africa and Australia. She has a doctorate in biological sciences and has worked as a senior manager in various University libraries.



What does a data scientist do?  Liz Lyon at the DCI seminar in January 2014.