Science Libraries in the Information Age
We’re undergoing a huge paradigm shift, not just in the sciences but in the world in general. 500 years ago the printing press changed everything; we’re undergoing a similar change now.
Astronomy is generating terabytes of data nightly. How do we store it for use now, and preserve it for use in the future? MEGACAM, HECTOSPEC, etc. Petabytes a night is coming…. How do we manage it? And how do we manage rapid access to these datasets?
Ejournals etc are the wave of the present; what do we need for the future? What are the needs of the new science community? What roles can we play to meet these needs?
- Searchable Content. (Periodicals, e-pubs, books, ADS, arXiv, etc)
- Curation (access, storage – one stop shopping for databases. It helps to be local!)
- Our own data (Source for NVO++, etc) and provenance (source for publications?)
- Intellectual Property – retaining the right to content for research and teaching.