Big Data Research Support at the Penn State University

Adoption of “big data” techniques and data science methods has increased rapidly in institutions of higher education as the scientific potential of these approaches is recognized. However, big data approaches also pose significant challenges, particularly in areas of research ethics, scholarly infrastructure, and research support services. This report identifies ways the University Libraries can best support big data researchers at Penn State through interviews and its qualitative analysis. The study grounding our recommendations was conducted in the fall and spring of 2020/2021, and was part of a larger, collective effort by 20 institutions of higher education in the United States. The study was led by ITHAKA S+R, a not-for-profit research and consulting organization that provides research and strategic guidance to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. Each local study group recruited researchers, conducted interviews, identified issues and needs, compiled results, and recommended services and support for big data researchers. This report presents recommendations specific to Penn State University Libraries that aim to support the big data research community at Penn State.

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Work Title Big Data Research Support at the Penn State University
Subtitle An ITHAKA S + R Local Report
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Creators
  1. Cindy Xuying Xin
  2. Lana Munip
  3. Seth Erickson
  4. Cynthia Vitale
Keyword
  1. Big Data Research, Libraries Research Data Services, Data Services Network, Libraries Service Awareness, Big Data Research Support Needs
License CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
Work Type Article
Acknowledgments
  1. ITHAKA, Penn State University Libraries, Research Informatics and Publishing
Publication Date October 1, 2021
Language
  1. English
DOI doi:10.26207/sbd5-qs84
Geographic Area
  1. Pennsylvania
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Deposited October 01, 2021

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    Keyword
    • Big Data Research, Libraries Data Services, Research Data Services network, Libraries Service Awareness, Support needs
    • Big Data Research, Libraries Research Data Services, Data Services Network, Libraries Service Awareness, Big Data Research Support Needs
    Subtitle
    • An ITHAKA S + R Local Report
    Acknowledgments
    • ITHAKA, Penn State University Libraries, Research Informatics and Publishing
    Description
    • Adoption of “big data” techniques and data science methods has increased rapidly in institutions of higher education as the scientific potential of these approaches is recognized. However, big data approaches also pose significant challenges, particularly in areas of research ethics, scholarly infrastructure, and research support services. This report identifies ways the University Libraries can best support big data researchers at Penn State through interviews and its qualitative analysis. The study grounding our recommendations was conducted in the fall and spring of 2020/2021, and was part of a larger, collective effort by 20 institutions of higher education in the United States. The study was led by ITHAKA S+R, a not-for-profit research and consulting organization that provides research and strategic guidance to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. Figure 1 shows the geographical distribution of the participating institutions for the project. Each local study group recruited researchers, conducted interviews, identified issues and needs, compiled results, and recommended services and support for big data researchers. This report presents recommendations specific to Penn State University Libraries that aim to support the big data research community at Penn State.
    • Adoption of “big data” techniques and data science methods has increased rapidly in institutions of higher education as the scientific potential of these approaches is recognized. However, big data approaches also pose significant challenges, particularly in areas of research ethics, scholarly infrastructure, and research support services. This report identifies ways the University Libraries can best support big data researchers at Penn State through interviews and its qualitative analysis. The study grounding our recommendations was conducted in the fall and spring of 2020/2021, and was part of a larger, collective effort by 20 institutions of higher education in the United States. The study was led by ITHAKA S+R, a not-for-profit research and consulting organization that provides research and strategic guidance to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. Each local study group recruited researchers, conducted interviews, identified issues and needs, compiled results, and recommended services and support for big data researchers. This report presents recommendations specific to Penn State University Libraries that aim to support the big data research community at Penn State.
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    • https://sr.ithaka.org/blog/launching-two-projects-on-supporting-data-work/
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    • https://sr.ithaka.org/blog/launching-two-projects-on-supporting-data-work/
    • https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/big-data-infrastructure-at-the-crossroads/