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Rescuing Unloved Data
“Data that is mobile, visible and well-loved stands a better chance of surviving” ~ Kurt Bollacker
Legacy, heritage and at-risk data share one common theme: barrier to access. Data that has been recorded by hand (field notes, lab notebooks, handwritten transcripts, measurements or ledgers) or on outdated technology or using proprietary formats are at risk.
Securing legacy data takes time, resources and expertise but is well worth the effort as old data can enable new research and the loss of data could impede future research. So how to approach reviving legacy or at-risk data?
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
There are many opportunities to rescue at-risk or legacy data. Locally, as faculty retire, reach out to departments to assist in curating existing yet inaccessible data. Regionally and nationally, partner with other stakeholders to revitalize at-risk data. Think: Citizen Science.
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