There just so happens to be a new resource for librarians and researchers alike to assist in the process of curating data.  Databib, a joint venture by IMLS, the Purdue and Penn State University Libraries, provides useful information about data repositories such as the title and URL of a repository; who maintains the repository; its access, deposit, and reuse policies; a concise abstract; annotations from other users; and Library of Congress Subject Headings, which are linked to other repositories in the same subject areas.  It is still in it’s infancy and is by no means comprehensive, but it’s potential for growth and usability is very good!  Just don’t confuse it with this sort of data bib.

From their website:

Databib is a tool for helping people identify and locate online repositories of research data.

Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can search.

  • What repositories are appropriate for a researcher to submit his or her data to?
  • How do users find appropriate data repositories and discover datasets that meet their needs?
  • How can librarians help patrons locate and integrate data into their research or learning?

Databib attempts to address these needs for the research community, including:

  • data users
  • data producers
  • publishers and professional societies
  • librarians
  • research funding agencies


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