THE CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING AND SUSTAINING BEST PRACTICES IN THE DATA LIFECYCLE FOR RESEARCHERS AND REPOSITORIES
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is developing two programs to help researchers and data repositories develop and elevate best practices and address these challenges. The goal is to provide tools for the researchers and repositories, whether domain, institutional, or other, that improve performance throughout the data lifecycle across the Earth and space science community.
For scientists and researchers, AGU is developing courses around handling data that can lead toward a certification in geoscience data management. Course materials will cover metadata management and collection, data analysis, integration of data, and data presentation. The full set of course topics are being finalized by the advisory board with the first one planned to be available later this year.
AGU is also developing a program aimed at helping data repositories, large and small, domain-specific to general, assess and improve data management practices. AGU has partnered with the CMMI® Institute to develop their Data Management Maturity (DMM)SM framework within the Earth and space sciences.
A data management assessment using the DMMSM involves identifying accomplishments and weaknesses compared to leading practices for data management. Recommendations can help improve quality and consistency across the community that will facilitate reuse in the data lifecycle. Through governance, quality, and architecture process areas the assessment can measure the ability for data to be accessible, discoverable, and interoperable.