The data-at-risk initiative: Analyzing the current state of endangered scientific data

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Examining fragile scientific data is crucial to ensuring that these data are not lost and can continue to be part of the scientific process. In order to investigate various aspects of endangered scientific data the Data-At-Risk Initiative (DARI) project has conducted three studies that provide insight into the current state of scientific data-at-risk. The three projects include (1) a metadata/system review of the of the to the Data-At-Risk Inventory, (2) focus groups with fourteen scientific scholars, and (3) surveys completed by 43 information custodians. This poster reports results from these studies, specifically how scientific scholars and information custodians view endangered data. The DARI project aims to understand the current state of endangered scientific data and to assist in the reduction of loss of valuable scientific data.

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