|Quoting from The Institutional Challenges of Cyberinfrastructure and E-Research1 by Clifford Lynch,
The demands for data management and curation to facilitate data sharing and reuse form one of the
fundamentally new aspects of e-research.8 As both researchers and funding agencies recognize that their data is
often going to be of lasting value (perhaps in a wide range of different research contexts), and as they also
recognize that much of the outcome of a specific research program may well be documented in datasets and databases
(plus, perhaps, accompanying software) rather than in traditional journal articles that simply make reference to the
underlying data,9 there is a growing demand for services ensuring that the data is properly documented, that it is
correctly placed into a well-known and well-defined format (using the standards of appropriate scholarly communities
when available and applicable), and that it is preserved over suitable periods of time by the use of redundant managed
storage and, when necessary, format migrations and, most important, by some organization taking responsibility for the
data—technically, legally, and financially—and doing what’s necessary to look after it.
WRAIR/NMRC researchers need to address requirements for data sharing and curation and GML staff is poised to help in a consultative manner by sharing knowledge of metadata and taxonomies.
As a first step, here is a list of resources outlining the basics of this trend in e-science.
1EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 6 (November/December 2008) viewed online
http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/institutional-challenges-cyberinfrastructure-and-e-research 23 Aug 2012.