Starting this year, i have been working with a student developer, Delong Zhao, in the creation of a new tool for the OU Libraries and the VPR Office. The tool has been given the name of Scholarly Asset Register. It is a OU Libraries web portal for OU faculty, researchers and staff to register their digital assets. The main reason for starting this registry is that the OU Libraries is beginning to strategically plan for infrastructure and tools to be able to host these assets. However, before we can begin to fill the repository, we need to know what scholarly digital assets are out there.
While the library benefits by starting to get a handle of what is out in the OU research community, faculty and students will be able to benefit as well. I have been asked many times if certain data and/or data sets are already available and having the give the “I do not know” answer can be frustrating. Starting this registry will help with further understanding how diverse and interesting are the numerous research projects across all disciplines and what digital assets that they provide for the university.
The registry is in beta this summer with an anticipate public release this fall. In the meantime, think about what digital assets are in your lab or are associated with your research. Please think about what numerical data, photos, survey results, twitter feeds, purchased data, etc. We would love to know what is out there.