Michigan State University


Data Assessment Framework (DAF) Report

In 2010, the Digital Curation unit began an inventory and assessment of the Libraries digital collections, infrastructure, staffing and associated resources. This was a foundational activity for the newly created unit to better understand the climate and conditions of the libraries digital assets. Importantly, the report identified a series of 12 milestones that would guide the build-out of a digital curation strategy including a series of recommendations made to the Assistant Director of the Digital Information division. Additionally, the report included a fixity snapshot of the collections using the Forensic XML metadata schema. The full report is a protected internal document, but the summary is made available here.

Collie, A., Mak, L., Nicholson, S. (2011). “One Stone, Two Birds: Data Assessment Framework for Digital Collection Audit and Preservation” Archiving 2011 Conference Proceedings, Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Fedora Commons Pilot ("FedCom")

Following the DAF report, the Digital Curation and Metadata units were charged with investigating systems and software that could support digital preservation and curation. The outcome of the investigation was the selection of the Fedora Commons repository middleware. Fedora Commons was chosen primarily due to the flexibility of content types, metadata, and relationship associations. Among all the repository systems surveyed Fedora Commons best met the strategic imperatives of the Digital Information Division: 1) Metadata drives design, 2) Flexibile for multiple projects and 3) Sustainable over time. Following is an executive summary of the oral report.

Collie, A., Mak, L., Higgins, D., Nicholson, S. (2013). “Accumulating metadata from tributary workflows for more robust archival records.” Archiving 2013 Conference Proceedings, Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

ETD Projects

Following the successful pilot of the Fedora Commons repository, the Digital Curation unit initiated a new pilot with the support of the Associate Director for Digital Information around the universities Electronic Theses & Dissertations. The ETD digital repository is a Free and Open Source (FOSS) digital repository platform built using Fedora Commons, Apache Solr, and Drupal (Islandora). As the pilot project comes to an end, it is expected that the baseline functionality of the digital repository architecture will lead to a number of federated collections.

Collie, A., & Witt, M. (2011) “A Practice & Value Proposal for Doctoral Dissertation Data Curation.” 6th International Journal of Digital Curation, 6(2). Also presented at the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, Chicago, IL.

Collie, A., Mak, L., Higgins, D., Nicholson, S. (2013). Local Data, International Connections: Enabling and integrating ETD repositories through linked data models. Library Management. [Forthcoming]

Undergraduate Research Experience

The Digital Curation unit became involved in a case study of faculty and librarian collaboration in which a library and research data management curriculum were embedded into a social work URE research team. Resonant user stories from the undergraduate researchers and the research faculty were key take-aways and have been added as example cases to extant data management talks including New Faculty Orientation and Faculty Seminars in Instruction & Technology.​

Mooney, H., Collie, A., Nicholson, S., & Sosulski, M. (2013). Collaborative approaches to Undergraduate Research Training: Information Literacy and Data Management. Advances in Social Work.

Mooney, H., Collie, A., & Nicholson, S. (2012) “Unlocking data management: A curriculum for undergraduate research assistants.” Poster session presented at International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology 38th Annual Conference Washington, D.C., USA, June 4 - June 8, 2012

Mooney, H. Collie, A.​ & Nicholson, S. (2012) “Undergraduates and Research Data Management.” Lightning talk presented at the Research Data Access & Preservation​ Summit. New Orleans, LA. March 22 – 23, 2012

Research Data Management Guidance

Beginning in 2011 the Library coalesced services around research data management into the Research Data Management Guidance team (RDGM). This academic consulting outfit provides one-on-one advising, classroom instruction, and related services. Outcomes of the RDMG team include the Research Data Services Catalog (RDSC) and the RDM-CAFE.

Schmidt, L., Collie, A. & Mooney, H. (2012) “Research Data Management Guidance at Michigan State.” Lightning talk presented at the ASIS&T Research Data Preservation & Access Summit. New Orleans, LA. March 22 – 23, 2012

Digital Scholarship Collaborative

​​The Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DSC) is a kind of virtual organization founded through a partnership between the Digital Curation, Data Services, and Digital Humanities units. The DSC is organized as an adhocracy made up of 15 librarians who play rotating roles in working groups and tasks forces as aligns with personal interest. The DSC is a community of pratice and driver in Library conversations around research data, repository services, and digital humanities initiatives.

Collie., A., Rodriguez, M. (2014) Managing Risk in Growing Emergent Library Services: More People, Less Process. Michigan Library Association. Grand Rapids, MI October 15 - 17, 2014