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Researchers Open Repository For 'dark Data'

By The Chronicle of Higher Education

July 23, 2015

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The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding an effort to develop a one-stop shop to house researchers' data sets after they publish their papers.

DataBridge will serve as an archive for data sets, metadata, and potentially social media posts.

Arcot Rajasekar, the lead principal investigator on the project and a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is interested in developing algorithms that can sort through tweets. The project will group the data sets into clusters of information to make it easier for researchers to find relevant data. "You can reuse it, repurpose it, and then maybe someone else will reuse it, and see how we can enable that to get more science," Rajasekar says.

Without a repository, data sets would otherwise be lost to the public. The hope is that researchers will submit their data and the archive will serve as a model for libraries at research institutions.

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