Data awareness: Should chemistry information professionals care?


Leah R. Solla,, Physical Sciences Library, Cornell University, 293 Clark Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2501 and Dianne Dietrich,, Database Management & Metadata Services, Cornell University, 107E Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Data-based research, or eScience, is a growing area in chemistry. Access to research data involves capture, indexing, curation, preservation, and rights management, all areas with which chemistry librarians have some knowledge and experience. Librarians are seen in the increasing number of white-papers on data as having a significant role in the success of data science, especially in education and curation. As this research approach develops in the chemistry discipline, issues are mounting, especially with current publishing models. Chemistry information professionals need to be aware of data issues, data science and data curation, to support the increased data needs of all chemists, understand the development of eChemistry as a research area, and interface with the publishing and communication venues in chemistry. This presentation will discuss the state of eScience in chemistry research and how we at the Cornell University Library are beginning to approach it, with implications for essential skill building for science librarians.