Bringing Research Data into the Library: Expanding the Horizons of Institutional Repositories

An ALCTS Webcast.

The focus of library-managed institutional repositories has so far been on document-like items (published articles, preprints, theses, reports, working papers, etc.) but there is growing demand to expand their use into new genres such as scientific research datasets (sensor readings, genomics data, neuroimages, etc.). This webcast explains how IRs are including this type of collection, what librarians need to know in order to manage such collections, and a few case studies from the MIT Libraries.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic will benefit.


MacKenzie Smith is the Associate Director for Technology at the MIT Libraries, where she oversees the Libraries' technology strategy and its digital library research and development program. Her research agenda focuses on Semantic Web applications for scholarly communication, distributed digital library architectures, and research data curation, including long-term data preservation. She was the Project Director at MIT for the DSpace open source software digital archiving platform and has considerable expertise developing and sustaining large open source software communities. Prior to joining MIT, MacKenzie was the Digital Library Program Manager for the Harvard University Library, and held several IT positions at the Harvard and the University of Chicago Library. Her academic background is in Library and Information Science, and her research interests are in applied technology for libraries and academia, and digital libraries and archives in particular.


How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.




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