Research at Purdue

"Between 2005 and 2010, Libraries' faculty partnered with 68 Purdue faculty in 31 departments on 95 grant proposals."

Research Project Highlights

"Development and Integration of an Online Soil Mapping Web Application." Work in Progress: Proceedings of the 41st annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2011). "Roles for Librarians in Data Citation" Presented at the National Academy of Sciences symposium For Attribution: Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards. Through its research with DataCite and the International Association of Social Science Information Services and Technology, Purdue librarians are creating best practices for citing datasets and developing global standards for data citation. Their analysis of citation instructions in style guides established the need to work with standards bodies, citation management software developers such as EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley, publishers, and data centers and distributors to raise awareness of data-driven scholarship and move data citation from theory into practice. For example, new functionality was developed for the HUBzero cyberinfrastructure, so that HUBs like the nanoHUB expose Context Objects in Spans (COinS) that facilitate citation of data and other e-Science digital objects.

FOCUS: Changes in scholarly communication: challenges in exposing or sharing research data further "upstream" than tradition

"Investigating Data Curation Profiles Across Multiple Research Disciplines." Institute of Museum and Library Services $272,229 Investigators from Purdue and UIUC sought to address the question, "Which researchers are willing to share data, when, with whom, and under what conditions?" Specific outcomes included determining if there were differences in the levels or types of data that might be shared throughout the data lifecycle across disciplines and determining whether librarians have a role in the facilitation of sharing in a number of ways. "Metasearch Technologies for the NSDL Distributed Community." National Science Foundation $463,826

FOCUS: Information education and the organization of or access to new information modes

"Developing Curious and Persistent Continuous Learners: Articulating and Assessing the Role of Information Skills in the First-Year Engineering Curriculum." "Information-Seeking Behaviors of First-Semester Veterinary Students."

Resources at Purdue

General research help

Research Faculty Liaisons – Contact faculty in the Libraries directly.

Distributed Data Curation Center – Working to make research outputs available, link published knowledge, support new dissemination of information, and meet funder requirements for sharing data. Contact: Scott Brandt