DRSR Project Update for December 2016

The DRSR Project work continues to chug along!  This month our work is mostly focused in three areas: mountable storage, researcher workspaces, and the FDA (Faculty Digital Archive).

Mountable storage and researcher workspaces are both part of our Service Band 2 and can be thought of as “working storage.”  We’re working to get ready for a mountable storage pilot project, which will offer researchers:

  • Mountable network drives, available for researchers from their own computing environments
  • Fast, secure, shareable storage for in-process work, with some built-in applications
  • Connections to other parts of the storage environment, including HPC, workspaces, and publication environments.

You’ll be hearing more from us on this work in early Spring 2017!

Researcher workspaces, the second part of our current Service Band 2 work, will support individual and group work throughout research lifecycle and integrate with existing and future storage tools and applications.  To that end, we’ve launched an institutional version of the Open Science Framework (OSF), which is now available via NYU single sign-on (SSO).

The DRSR project doesn’t only create new services; it also works to improve and connect existing services like our Faculty Digital Archive.  The FDA is part of Service Band 3, our research publication environment, and it was recently upgraded to allow for easier use, uploads, and discoverability/visibility of scholars’ work on the open web.  With this upgrade, the FDA now follows best standards for bit-level preservation and is file agnostic. It also allows scholars to comply with publication and grantor requirements on openness, data release and management, and persistent linking.  When the DRSR project is complete, the FDA will connect to other parts of the storage environment, including working storage and workspaces.

Author: Kara M Whatley

Kara Whatley is currently Head of Science and Engineering for the NYU Division of Libraries, a position she has held since 2014. She was previously Life Sciences Librarian and Head of the Coles Science Center at NYU’s Bobst Library. Kara holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from Texas Tech University, master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor of arts in biology from Hendrix College. She is an active member of the American Library Association, where she held offices in the New Member Roundtable and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Science and Technology Section. Her professional and research interests include mentoring opportunities for new library professionals, user behavior in virtual reference environments, and effective communication in libraries. Kara splits her time between NYU’s Bern Dibner Library, located in Downtown Brooklyn, and Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU’s flagship library in Greenwich Village.

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