Library-faculty collaboration helps students conquer data
Starting in graduate school, students begin compiling mountains of research data -- but they often have no formal training in how to efficiently keep track of it, share it or organize it so that it can be preserved and used in the future.
Sarah Wright, data librarian, and Cliff Kraft, associate professor of natural resources, aim to change that.
Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Wright and Kraft are teaching a course to help graduate students learn to manage their data. Kraft, Wright and Camille Andrews, learning technologies and assessment librarian, make up Cornell's component of the IMLS collaboration, which also includes Purdue University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon.
"We're helping students create a data management plan and describe their research, but on a broader level, we want them to understand why it's important," Wright said. "We want them to be able to describe their data life cycle and think about best practices at the outset, in order to avoid mistakes down the road."