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"What to do about data? An overview of guidelines and policies for dataset collection"

Monday, May 05, 2014  
Posted by: Melanie
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What to do about data? An overview of guidelines and policies for dataset collection development from Sarah Young

Sarah Young, the Health Science and Policy Librarian at Cornell University, has pulled together guidelines used by a variety of research universities in purchasing existing dataset collections. Sarah's introduction:

Datasets are increasingly emerging as a new currency in collection development. While purchasing models may in some ways mirror more traditional forms of electronic information, there are many unique considerations in the collection and acquisition of datasets. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which academic libraries have formalized dataset collection development policies and to highlight some of the key considerations in the development of such policies. The focus here is on commercially available datasets, rather than datasets produced at home institutions.

A short and extremely useful set of documents (poster, handout and references all on Slideshare) for any library considering purchasing this kind of information or wanting to improve how they do it.


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