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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums...

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As a data curator for environmental scientist I see how each of these steps does fit in with my work.  Here, however, the Focus is provided by the needs of the research community to support their work, while the Frame bit centres around the value-added aspects fo the data centre. Here the data centre produced tools and services as well as metadata catalogues to really open up the content for discovery and fututre use

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Helping Chairs help their members gather what they need to know.

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A 5-step guide to digital curation.

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Scooping content from the web on all things weather, data, curation, metadata and data discovery related... and a smattering on sting jets in particular! Views and comments are my own and do not reflect those of my employer etc.
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My Job description according to "The Up-Goer Five Text Editor"

My Job description according to "The Up-Goer Five Text Editor" | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
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Thanks to my colleague @sorcha_ni I came accross this little editor this moring that forces you to use simple words to explain stuff. @sorcha_ni did a good job and so inspired me to have a go... I have to admit it wasn't too difficult, but I did have to come up with some interesting work arounds for words I use commonly.. e.g. for atmospheric scientists I had to use "air-study people".. does exactly what it says on the tin :0)

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For those wondering what my job description is.. here it is:I help people to study how air moves by storing numbers on a computer that they will find important for their work. This means I have to take those numbers and put them somewhere they can find them easily and can understand them.

There are lots of these numbers so I have to ask that they are given in a clean and ordered way so I can use a computer to store them. Doing this means the air-study people can do their studies much more easily - helped even more by stuff the computer can give the air-study people to find and look at the numbers.
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Citing Bytes - Adventures in Data Citation: Just why is citation important anyway?

Citing Bytes - Adventures in Data Citation: Just why is citation important anyway? | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
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Sarah's article (a joy to read as always) really gets home the message of why citations matter from the end user/reader perspective... and so from a reputation perspective to of the resource author!

 

You have been warned.... :0)

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Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms ...

Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms ... | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
The arrows represent air streams: cyan – warm conveyor belt rising and splitting into two sub-streams (WCB1 and WCB2), red – dry intrusion (DI) descending towards the cyclone centre, blue – sting jet (SJ) and green – cold ...
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Oscar and his colleagues at Reading are doing some great work trying to unpick what's going on in our most damaging storms in Europe. This work follows on from what I did myself with the MST radar near Aberystwyth where I had some very fortunate measurements of a Sting Jet as a storm past overhead on 27th October 2002.  Still lots more to do though to understand this fully, so I'd definately recommend following Oscar's blog! 

 

Nicely written piece Oscar! Keep up the good work!

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Angela Walters on Twitter

Angela Walters on Twitter | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
First front thru, cleared warmer temps then next front now thru with small sting jet & strong north westerly wind pic.twitter.com/sl7QItxlQS
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In the past couple of days I've been noticing that Scoop.It has been picking up a trend of Twitter users that have been tweeting their weather obs. I suppose it is one way to post what's happening, and using the pictures is nice and engaging... but it would be great if they also used a suitable hashtag and, if possible, tweeted their recordings in some standard way... then you might see these being harvest by other services like http://wow.metoffice.gov.uk/ :0)

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(EN) - Digital Curation Glossary | dcc.ac.uk

(EN) - Digital Curation Glossary | dcc.ac.uk | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it

"To help you get to grips with some of the common terminology used, the DCC has compiled a handy digital curation glossary.

Take a moment to read through any unfamiliar terms below before navigating our digital library of resources to find out all about digital curation and data preservation."


Via Stefano KaliFire
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Handy source of information from a well respected authority

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The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records - The Atlantic

The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records - The Atlantic | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records The Atlantic The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) estimates that there are 100 million paper strip charts—records that list weather conditions—sitting in meteorological...
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Clearly a big, big task!!! All these old data are of immense value - not just for climate science, but also for looking at historical cases - whether from a human perspective (what was the weather like during the Battle of the Somme and what were the prevailing synoptic conditions, for instance), but also for examining previous incidents with insights gained from more recent events - e.g. compare historic storms with those of the Great Storm of 1987 and similar European windstorms exhibiting Sting Jets.

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digital humities Current openings.

digital humities Current openings. | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
Professional knowledge-sharing platform (RT @DavidHaskiya: Can you wrangle metadata into submission?
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sounds like a great job
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The Role of Libraries in Data Management and Curation

The Role of Libraries in Data Management and Curation, presented at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, NV, 07/29/14.
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Tweet from @metoffice

Tweet from @metoffice | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
The original hand-drawn weather chart from #DDay70, perhaps the most important forecast in our history http://t.co/bJr6fsZMo8
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A data-driven approach to verbalize weather forecasts at scale ...

Few datasets are as rich, complex, dynamic, near-chaotic and close to real-world as weather data. In the age where apps are intuitive and extremely user-friendly, consumers still receive weather forecasts in a traditional ...
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Interesting approach to translating the weather to put it into tangable  human terms (once you've read the article carefully to work out what they are actually doing). For example, where the weather means its a good day to do your laundry as opposed to "temperature will be 12C, wind speed > 10 ms-1 and chance of precip= 10%"

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Smart umbrellas 'collect rain data'

Smart umbrellas 'collect rain data' | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
A Dutch scientist has plans to turn our umbrellas into rain gauges to help fill in the gaps in weather data.
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smart and simple thinking :0)

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Datalinting

Datalinting | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
Data collection and curation is an imprecise process that can lead to the unintentional introduction of errors at any stage. Since we take data quality seriously at Urban Mapping, we needed an auto...
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This is a great article and matched our experience as we build our new data catalogue. We don't have quite such a formal approach, but are doing this linting step as part and parcel of getting the migration going from one system to another. 

 

The archive, however, is a different beasty all together!....

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A Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot to Gather Weather Data - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

A Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot to Gather Weather Data - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
The Tumbleweed Desert robot, designed by industrial designer Shlomi Mir, could collect data with an eye toward tackling the problem of desertification.
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Neat little idea this one :0) 

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Justin Grimes sur Twitter

Justin Grimes sur Twitter | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
metadata pic.twitter.com/xwOl5zimns
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Well, a little job related humour doesn't hurt... does it???

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Data for Discovery

Data for Discovery | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
The benefits of personalizing discovery are already playing themselves out in the consumer space, suggesting tremendous opportunities for using data to personalize the research process. Given the s...
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The main thrust of this article is about supplying services around people's accounts to tailor scholarly searching at an institutional level in much the same way that Google Now and similar services are already providing. As part of this it has an interesting aside in moving account information away from specific publishers to ones which are independently provided, allowing these to be used as logins for multiple services.

All this is aimed at an enhanced Discovery service ultimately for scholarly content - by using some way (algorithm based?) to suggest relevant content to a researcher based on what they are looking for.

From an archive perspective this echoes some of the work we see taking place - that openID sign-ins are being enabled to access services is one thing, but our approach to "enhanced discovery" takes a different tack... 


For us, we've attempted to go beyond serendipitous connections between related content by providing a structured way to link related content through shared records in our catalogue - a Browse function. For example, a user may start by looking for all data related to a given collection and through associated records which provide additional context to the data (e.g. Project records describing WHY data were collected or Instrument records describing HOW they were produced) can find other, connected data beyond that prescribed collection. 


In addition to this Browse approach, there are extra layers that can be added above or below this.... for example, harvesting parameters form the archive content and linking these with controlled vocabularies allows ontology dictionaries to open up simple search terms to related items... e.g. a user searches for "rain" and the ontological search may offer results on courser grained level of: "precipitation"; or a similar level: "drizzle", "shower".


Additionally, methodologies such as "CHARMe" allow annotations to be added by users to dataset records in the catalogue  - brining a "social" aspect to the archives where people can see comments, "likes" and suggestions.


The records can additionally then link in with other services that provide deep, faceted searches such as those based on Elastic Search, which allow users to drill down into finer levels beyond the Discovery landscape.

 

This is much more of a structured, web 2.0 approach than a serendipitous approach, but does rely heavily on well formulated base content on which it can be built... and with the data deluge this can often be hard to cope with when dealing with heterogeneous archives!

 

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Richard Andersson on Twitter

Richard Andersson on Twitter | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
Gråbo Twitter Weather Data 08:00 -1.9C 88 pct 0.0 m/s WNW pic.twitter.com/8to9DSUi9S
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here's another example of what I've just scooped...

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Measuring curation: Introducing New Scoop.it Analytics

Measuring curation: Introducing New Scoop.it Analytics | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
We’re excited to announce a complete revamp of our analytics dashboard bringing not only better looking, easier to use analytics but also new metrics and KPI’s to better understand the impact of your content curation.
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I have to admit that of all the tools I've come across Scoop.It really does impress. It's really nice to see how it quitly, but consistently seems to be improving all the time with well crafted UI, tools and functionality.

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Introduction to Research Data Management and Data Management Plans | Digital Curation Centre

Introduction to Research Data Management and Data Management Plans | Digital Curation Centre http://t.co/H1Q3iTLEN3
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nice to see the DCC running such courses
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The Hema-Imager: Accessible Thermal Imaging for Smart Devices

[Erik] began working on this project a few years back to help him improve his electronics skills. Now, after meeting an electronic’s manufacturer through LinkedIn, he is ready to get his device out into the market through a Kickstarter campaign.
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A Cloud Of Lightning Detectors

A Cloud Of Lightning Detectors | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
Here’s an interesting project to plot every lightning strike on Earth. Blitzortung is a project that uses many extremely low-cost sensor boards packed with an amplifier, microcontroller, and an Ethernet socket to detect lightning strikes.
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Data Curation Insights: Interview with Helen Lipel, metadata manager at the Press Association | BIG - Big Data Public Private Forum

Data Curation Insights: Interview with Helen Lipel, metadata manager at the Press Association | BIG - Big Data Public Private Forum | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
#bigdata Data Curation Insights: Interview with Helen Lipel, metadata manager at the Press Association http://t.co/CK5T1epnnY #BIG_FP7
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Data repositories are expanding their role to ensure quality of reproducible research.

Data repositories are expanding their role to ensure quality of reproducible research. | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
A well-curated data repository is more than a place to put data. Drawing from the experience of the ISPS Data Archive, Limor Peer shows the research community has much to gain from a repository tha...
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Checking data that goes into the archive is certainly a step that should be done where possible. Sometimes, though, resources aren't available, but the underlying imperative to archive the data to ensure that it remains possible for future verification/re-use is still there.

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tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Metadata Games Tag Event: May Day! May ...

tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Metadata Games Tag Event: May Day! May ... | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
For Immediate Release. Tiltfactor is proud to announce a new collaboration with the British Library! To celebrate, Tiltfactor's Metadata Games project will launch the new tagging game Ships Tag as part of a tag event called ...
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neat! 

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What If You Experienced Lag In Real Life?

What If You Experienced Lag In Real Life? | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
If you’re a gamer, lag is one of your worst enemies. But what would it be like if you experienced lag in real life? Imagine how frustrating that would be!
Introducing Living With Lag — a cute experiment put on by an internet provider called Ume.
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A crazy idea, but wonderfully demonstrative! and looks very funny! I think it gives you a real appreciation of the issues that are faced when dealing with connections over the web and linking this up with processes at either end....*

 

anyone fancy the idea of surgery over the internet?... not me!

 

(*though I wonder if they could have varied the delay at all such as you might typically find during a web session how that would have effected the people even more!)

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How Big Data Improves Content Curation?

How Big Data Improves Content Curation? | WindGatherer - weathering the data deluge | Scoop.it
Innovation comes to us all. Buzzwords have become a daily reality, transforming and improving it. Big Data and Content Curation are two of these Buzzwords that have exploded in recent years.
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hmm - sounds interesting and will try and have a play in due course...  basically Scoopit type functionality with a helping had from AI from what I can quickly make out.

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Love your data - Practise #safescience

Love your data - Practise #safescience
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Thanks to my colleague, Sarah Callaghan, for letting me know about this Infographic. You can find out more about Sarah's thoughts on data citation and the like on her blog: http://citingbytes.blogspot.co.uk/

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