Category Archives: News & Events

CRADLE Seminar: Celebrating Darwin Day — Metadata Research and the Dryad Repository Project

February, 2009

Presented by: Jane Greenberg and Hollie White
208 Manning Hall
12 noon, Friday, Feb 13th

The Dryad repository is for scientific data supporting published research in the field of evolutionary biology and related disciplines. Dryad was launched via a collaboration between the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), an NSF Center supporting research in evolutionary biology, and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dryad seeks to balance a need for low barriers inviting contribution from scientists and higher-level goals supporting data analysis activities. The Dryad development team has pursued an active metadata research agenda. This CRADLE talk will introduce the Dryad repository, provide an overview of current metadata research activities, and highlight several research accomplishments.

New Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Community: Science and Metadata (SAM)

February, 2009

Following a workshop session on Metadata for Scientific Datasets at DC-2008, a new DCMI Community has been set up under the name of the DCMI Science and Metadata Community (SAM). We welcome participation from individuals and organizations interested in all aspects of metadata relating to scientific data. To learn more about this community, or become involved, visit the Community’s website at Dublin Core and the Metadata Research Center’s SAM website.

Dr. Jim Balhoff visits School of Information and Library Science

November, 2008

On Monday, November 3, 2008, Dr. Jim Balhoff, a research programmer at NESCent (the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) visited Jane Greenberg’s Metadata class to discuss ontologies and the NCBO BioPortal.

Two repository development positions available

November, 2008

The Dryad Data Repository has two open programming positions located in central North Carolina: (1) a general repository programmer and (2) a programmer focused on enhancing metadata records with controlled vocabulary terms. Dryad stores data underlying scientific publications from evolutionary biology and related fields. Dryad is being developed by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the University of North Carolina in coordination with several scientific journals and societies.

(1) The Dryad Repository Programmer will support general repository development activities, enhancing systems for preserving, searching, and distributing scientific data. This position is funded for 3 years, with possibility for extension. It will be located at NESCent in Durham, NC, and information about applying can be found on the NESCent site.

(2) The Dryad/HIVE Programmer will apply the SKOS standard to improve the Dryad cataloging system, developing software to select and manage terms from multiple controlled vocabularies and ontologies. The position (number: 0058793) is funded for 21 months, with possibility for extension. It will be located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Apply now through the UNC Chapel Hill Office of Human Resources. The position will close on December 10, 2008.

Please see the NESCent site for full position descriptions.

Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Situation and Prospects in Spain and Latin America

October, 2008

Metadata Research Center Visiting Scholar, Gema Bueno de la Fuente, announces the publication of Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Situation and Prospects in Spain and Latin America.

Bueno de la Fuente, Gema (coord.); Hernández Carrascal, Francisca; Rodríguez Mateos, David; Santiago Hernández, Tania; Gómez Dueñas, Laureano F. (2007) /La Iniciativa de Archivos Abiertos (OAI): situación y perspectivas en España y Latinoamérica/. Bogotá: Rojas Eberhard, xvi, 350 p. ISBN 978-958-9121-89-4.

Metadata for Scientific Datasets Workshop at Dublin Core 2008

September, 2008

Metadata for Scientific Datasets (MeS) workshop will be held during the 2008 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications in Berlin.

Dryad Project Receives Funding from the NSF

September, 2008

A Digital Repository for Preservation and Sharing of Data Underlying Published Works in Evolutionary Biology. Dryad, a collaboration between the MRC and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), is awarded $650999.

HIVE Project Funded by IMLS

September, 2008

HIVE: Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Please also see the HIVE Project Page.

Press Release 2008

August, 2008
Fourteen students from the Triangle community participated in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first BotCamp on July 31 through August 2. BotCamp is part of BOT 2.0, an innovative program featuring a curriculum that weaves together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation, the use of social technologies and metadata literacy. (More information about the program can be found here.)