About the SBDC Project

The Site-Based Data Curation (SBDC) project is developing a framework of guidelines and processes for the curation of digital research data collected in the field from scientifically significant sites. The SBDC framework will help researchers produce shareable, reusable data by:

1) capturing the context of data collection needed for reuse by researchers in multiple disciplines,
2) streamlining submission of reusable data to open repositories, and
3) organizing collections for access within and across field sites.

These are essential steps in transforming the diverse and distributed data produced by the field sciences into deep, rich, and functional data resources. The SBDC approach contributes to holistic systems science while also supporting site management of resources and scientific activities.

cropped-cropped-cropped-gooddsc_0098-copy.jpgOur initial case for development of the framework is geobiology data collected from geothermal features at Yellowstone National Park.  Our expectation is that other researchers conducting field-based science (such as environmental science, archaeology and paleontology) will find the SBDC framework useful.

The project is funded through Institute of Museum and Library Service National Leadership Grant number LG-06-12-0706-12.


About the SBDC team

SBDC is a collaboration among information scientists, data archiving experts, geobiologists, and site resource managers.

We welcome input from the YNP research community and others interested in promoting site-based data curation. If you or your research community would like to collaborate on a case study that would complement the current geobiology focus, please contact our project coordinator at: thomer2 [at] illinois [dot] edu.

SBDC team:

Principal Investigator:
Carole L. Palmer, Professor, Information School, University of Washington (clpalmer@uw.edu)

Co-Principal Investigators:
Bruce Fouke, Professor and Director, Carver Biotechnology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (fouke@illinois.edu)
Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University (sayeed@jhu.edu)
Ann Rodman, Branch Chief, Physical Sciences,Yellowstone National Park

Team members:
Andrea K. Thomer, project coordinator and research assistant, CIRSS, GSLIS, Illinois
Tim DiLauro, Deputy Director of the Digital Knowledge Center of the Sheridan Libraries, JHU
Karen S. Baker, collaborator, CIRSS, GSLIS, Illinois
Jacob G. Jett, collaborator, CIRSS, GSLIS, Illinois
Christie Hendrix, collaborator, Yellowstone National Park

Former team members:
Karen M. Wickett, University of Texas, Austin
Abigail Asangba, Illinois
Sean Gordon,  Illinois



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