Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure Initiative (ODESI) - Launched

In what likely will become a busy trend, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has announced a project for the creation of a data service providing researchers access to "a significant number of datasets". ODESI will be part of OCUL's already popular Scholar's Portal.

The press release is unclear as to whether this will only house standard data sets (like those from Statistics Canada, etc.) or that this service will allow for researchers to deposite their data. I would argue that a data deposite archive service is much more important at this time, as described and argued in the National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data (NCASRD), of which I was a participant.

I also was not able to find any mention of this on the OCUL or Scholar's Portal.

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