A good piece from Dorothea Salo on the opportunities and challenges facing libraries in providing effective research data stewardship. From the Conclusion:
None of the challenges presented herein should discourage librarians from engaging with the research data challenge. Our unique expertise in metadata, digital preservation, public service, and technology translation will serve researchers well, as will our sturdy common sense and the domain expertise of our subject librarians.
However, unless we proceed with clear understanding of researchers and their data, as well as our own systems and habits, we will simply trip over ourselves. Research data are too important, and our role in curating them at present too insecure, to allow that to happen.
As we are discovering at UPEI, Fedora has proven to be a very effective tool in meeting this opportunity.