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Managing Information from Scientific Research Projects: Exposing Hidden Knowledge (SIG STI)

Suzanne Cristina ( Jayne Dutra ( Robert Allen (

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Research institutes, national laboratories, colleges, universities, and commercial companies conduct millions of scientific projects each year. Increasingly, the output of this research is digital -- including objects such as documents, streaming video, datasets, computer programs and websites. The objects that result from scientific projects may be stored in document management, records management or project library systems. However, these objects are often considered ephemeral and are generally hard to discover and reuse, especially after the project is completed. This panel, sponsored by SIG STI, will discuss the importance of information from scientific projects and the efforts that are underway to expose the hidden knowledge of these resources in ways that are beneficial to the researchers and to the organizations. The development of core metadata sets, along with ontologies and other techniques for knowledge organization will be discussed.

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