Laurie Allen, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, at Penn Libraries walks us through an overview of what our colleagues engaged in data rescue events have learned and how academic research libraries can complement those efforts.
Data rescue events are a bottom-up strategy to get as much data as we can when working with people with a wide variety of skills sets (not necessarily library-related skill sets) during a limited time-frame.
We are proposing research libraries can complement this with a top-down strategy. Librarians know how government agency data is organized, what types of information researchers need, and can target the work of downloading sets to be conducted as part of their routine work.
We are seeking a few research libraries who would be willing to commit to specific agencies and collaborating on a shared workflow as a pilot.