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Getting Started with e-Science

Getting Started in e-Science

Are you new to e-Science? The following resources will start you on the road to understanding what the umbrella term e-Science means, e-Science’ s impact  on scholarly communication, library roles in e-Science, the structure of the scientific research environment, data and its diversity, and the importance of data management.

  1. The Emerging Role of Libraries in Data Curation and E-Science (2011) – Pivotal paper stresses the vulnerability of digital data and the critical role that libraries can assume in managing this intellectual output

  2. The Fourth Paradigm  Don’t be intimidated, you don’t need to read the entire book in one sitting! (But it’s worth going back to read individual chapters).  The Fourth Paradigm’s Foreword and the first chapter “Jim Gray on eScience: A Transformed Scientific Method” nicely illustrate how the integration of computers and evolving technologies have revolutionized the way science is conducted

  3. The e-Science Thesaurus is a great place to learn terms and concepts, and related  references.  Included in some of the entries, are interviews with librarians who are actively engaged in e-Science (for some interesting interviews, check out Data Curation Profiles Toolkit, Implementing a Data Sharing/Management Policy and Informationist)

  4. What is e-Science and How Should it be Managed?  Captures the essence of e-science, critical roles for librarians, and the importance of open data sharing

  5. These two articles by Anna Gold are definitely learning about e-Science recommended reads!

    1. Cyberinfrastructure, Data, and Libraries, Part 1: A Cyberinfrastructure Primer for Librarians (2007) – Primer for librarians on the major issues and terminologies of e-Science

    2. Cyberinfrastructure, Data, and Libraries, Part 2: Libraries and the Data Challenge: Roles and Actions for Libraries (2007) – Part two descibes the role of libraries in data management and how librarians can participate in the downstream and upstream phases of the research cycle

  6. Data Types (4 min YouTube video) – describes the diverse entities that come under the umbrella term data and the different ways data is captured

  7. A Day in the Life of an Academic Researcher Part 1 (7 minute YouTube video) and A Day in the Life of an Academic Researcher Part 2 (5 minute YouTube video) – Explain the research environment and the different roles played by members of a research team

  8. NISO Primer: Research Data Management (2015)  Concise yet comprehensive 24 page downloadable guide to research data management

  9. The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB)  Specifically dedicated to the advancement of e-Science librarianship, JeSLIB  includes peer-reviewed research  and “e-Science in Action” articles on topics such as research data management, librarians embedded on research teams, data services, data curation, and data sharing and re-use

  10. DataSharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts  Your best weapon for framing the importance of data management for researchers on your campus or in your community