The UC Data Network (UCDN) is a partnership between the California Digital Library (CDL) and campus libraries, CIOs and VCRs to build a sustainable and reliable network for sharing research data. In the UCDN, campuses contribute preservation storage to a common pool for use by CDL’s Dash data publication service and Merritt preservation repository for managing, preserving, and providing access to a growing collection of UC research data.
UC researchers face new obligations for proactive and sustainable research data management in the form of funder mandates, publication requirements, institutional policies, and evolving norms of academic best practice. While some researchers have access to appropriate disciplinary repositories, these opportunities are not uniformly available across the UC community. By relying upon in-kind contribution of storage capacity rather than direct campus recharge, UCDN removes the primary barrier to wider campus adoption of Dash and Merritt, which can now be offered for use at no cost to individual researchers.
John Chodacki, Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at CDL, will give an overview of UCDN activities and solicit suggestions for potential improvements or added-value research data management services.