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Archiving a social-ecological database: challenges, solutions and lessons learned
Date
2014-02-12
Main contributors
Plale, Beth; Kouper, Inna
Summary
Social-ecological research studies complex human-natural environments and the uses and sharing of ecological resources. Elinor Ostrom, a Nobel prize laureate from IU, pioneered the idea that social-ecological data can be collected and stored in a centralized database, which will capture complex relationships between various components of data and facilitate their collective collaborative use. While useful in its active stage, databases present a challenge for archival and preservation, especially if they are stored in a proprietary format and where changes are often applied retrospectively to both new and existing data. In this talk we will present an approach to archiving a social-ecological research database, the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) database, and discuss challenges that we encountered as well as lessons learned. The talk aims at stimulating a discussion about preservation of complex data objects and possible solutions that can be generalized beyond one case.
Publisher
Indiana University Digital Collections Services
Collection
Digital Library Brown Bag Series
Unit
IUScholarWorks Repository
Related Item
IUScholarWorks Record