What is data? Preserving Earth Science Samples for the Future by Sarah Ramdeen

Monday, Oct. 3


1-2:30 pm.

225 Peabody

What is data? Is it a spreadsheet, a database? What about physical objects like rocks and fossils? Are they data? This talk will address these concepts and how it applies to data preservation and management policies. It will include current initiatives within the information science and earth science communities, and highlight the role of librarians, information scientists, and archivists in the ‘future proofing’ of earth science data.

Lecture by Ms. Sarah Ramdeen, EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer & Early Career Scientist


Sarah Ramdeen is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research interests include information seeking behavior of earth scientists, the stewardship of earth science data, and physical objects as data. Sarah has a B.S. in Geology and a M.S. in Library and Information Studies, both from Florida State University. She is currently a sea ice annotator on ClearEarth, a NSF funded natural language processing project, and research assistant for a UNC climate study on the advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

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