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The PARSE.Insight project survey report published.

The PARSE.Insight project just published a fantastic report on the current state of affairs in the preservation of research data. Nearly 2,000 people responded from the research, publishing, and data management stakeholder groups.

There are a few statistics that are of particular interest to me:

• Researchers regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 80% believe this to be either important or very important.
• Data managers also regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 86% believe this to be either important or very important.
• 59% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey don’t think that the tools and infra-structure available to them will suffice for the digital preservation objectives they have to achieve.
• 71% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey believe that funding for preservation will be an issue now and in five years time.

What I am taking from this, and perhaps bending to my own purposes, is that there is a reported need for inexpensive tools which can ameliorate the problems associated with a perceived lack of hardware, software, and computer environment support.

Of course, there are a number of other very important discoveries reported here, but this is what is the most relevant to me. Good stuff!

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Washington gets on the digital science data wagon

Read the Government Computer News article.

“Our nation’s continuing leadership in science relies increasingly on effective and reliable access to digital scientific data,” John H. Marburger III, director of the president’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), said in releasing the report. “Researchers and students who can find and re-use digital data are able to apply them in innovative ways and novel combinations for discovery and understanding.”

And check out the Whie House report, “Harnessing the power of digital data for science and society.” [pdf]

Thanks Mike Brown!

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