About the Thesaurus

About the Thesaurus

Mission

The e-Science Thesaurus is a resource that supports and provides direction to the health sciences and science and technology library community by exploring the terminology, literature, and resources that describe and inform librarians about patron instruction, collection development, and research services related to e-Science and research data management principles and practice. The Thesaurus strives to describe the concepts, services, tools and resources required to create, curate, preserve and disseminate digital scholarship.

Vision

Through the NER’s e-Science Portal, the e-Science Thesaurus serves as a resource to provide an educational reference for health sciences and science and technology librarians wanting to explore e-Science, research data management and digital scholarship activities. The objective of this project is to inform the library community about emerging roles and services in e-Science and research data management by introducing vocabulary terms, formative literature, and relevant resources concerning these topics. Through this effort, the Thesaurus aspires to be a resource that will provide health sciences librarians with the opportunity to acquire professional knowledge about e-Science, research data management, and digital scholarship in order to become familiar with and implement these activities into their own professional practice.

The vision for implementing the e-Science Thesaurus will be to ensure that it describes new roles and services for librarians and explains how these activities can be adopted and implemented. This vision will be achieved by:

  • Defining specific e-Science, data management and digital scholarship terminology;
  • citing and linking out to seminal publications that provide examples of these librarian roles/services in action;
  • supplying links to web tools and resources that can assist librarians in carrying out these actions;
  • and providing video interviews with librarians that are actively developing these roles and activities and that are working in environments where e-Science and data management principles and practices are used.

Goals

In order to achieve the vision of developing a comprehensive e-Science, research data management and digital services Thesaurus for librarians, it is important that clear goals are established. The goals of the e-Science Thesaurus will be to:

  1. Provide an educational reference for librarians wanting to explore eScience, research data management, and related digital scholarship activities.
  2. Provide a gateway for librarians to cultivate professional knowledge in eScience, research data management, and related digital scholarship activities so that they may incorporate these activities into their own professional practice.
  3. Highlight health sciences library and health sciences librarian adoption, planning, and implementation of digital research services.
  4. Provide a vocabulary for these emerging disciplines within librarianship by providing the seminal articles that highlight both the theoretical basis for a concept or activity, and also its application.
  5. Provide video interviews with librarians currently involved in the e-Science and data-related activities to communicate examples of these activities in action.

e-Science Thesaurus Team

Project Author:

Kevin Read, NLM/NIH Associate Fellow/Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Project Coordination Team:

  • Andrew Creamer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Donna Kafel, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Robert Vander Hart, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Elaine Martin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Angela Ruffin, National Library of Medicine

For more information:

  1. Building an eScience Thesaurus for Librarians: A Collaboration Between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine
  2. E-Science Thesaurus for Health Sciences Librarians