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Data Science Supporting Biomedical Research


The term eScience is concerned with the expansion of library services to include the management, curation, and dissemination of locally produced data sets resulting from large and small scale research. eScience describes the collaboration among computationally intensive science disciplines that create data sets that are captured, transported, stored, organized, accessed, mined, visualized, and interpreted in order to extract knowledge.

Read more about eScience: What is e-Science and How Should it be Managed? by Shannon Bohle
Watch more about Research Data Management: Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts by NYU Health Sciences Library

The eScience role for librarians is characterized by interdisciplinary research collaboration and the collection, organization, and management of data. Responses to an eScience needs assessment conducted in August 2009 show that 2/3 of respondents work in libraries that do not provide e-Science related services. However, almost one half of the respondents to the assessment can identify opportunities within their institutions for their libraries to participate in eScience information services. Respondents expressed a strong interest in e-Science but identified a need for continuing education in science, digital curation, and library roles. 

Therefore, the eScience Program was started in order to provide various modes of learning about eScience principles, working concepts, and skills. The eScience initiative helps stimulate librarians and information professionals involved in the application of e-Science practices. Activities such as the annual Symposium and Boot Camp offer opportunities for in-person formal learning modes. An eScience Portal for New England Librarians has been developed to foster learning and collaboration in eScience. The portal is a collaborative project devoted to educating science and medical librarians on e-Science. Content for the portal is contributed by a dedicated team of subject specialists from diverse regional research libraries. Find out more about the eScience Portal for Librarians:

The current initiatives of the NNLM New England Region eScience Program include:

  • Provide a regional infrastructure supporting data literacy, data management, and data curation
  • Provide web-based resources and curricular opportunities for librarians to retool their skills in data literacy, data management, data curation, and data preservation activities
  • Provide web-based resources and educational opportunities for researchers to learn data management best practices
  • Increase awareness amongst New England area librarians and researchers about eScience and how librarians support biomedical research
  • Collaboratively work with Network Members to support access to print and electronic biomedical and health information throughout the region
  • Provide and administer a funding program to support the access to biomedical and health information and data management programs described in this core​

In order to meet these program goals, a regional Advisory Board and supporting committees will drive the advancement of the eScience Program. These science and medical librarian experts within New England and other regions understand the needs of information professionals as well as other members of the research community.

eScience Initiatives: Resources & Programs