The Marine Biological Laboratory recently announced the creation of the Center for Library and Informatics, a new research initiative that seeks to address the challenges of data management, promote data-driven discovery, and develop innovative visualization and analysis tools.
The effort brings together the expertise of a host of MBL computer scientists, librarians, information scientists, and life scientists. The MBL has appointed Nathan Wilson as the center’s director. Holly Miller, director of the MBLWHOI Library, will serve as associate director of the center.
Informatics – the collection, management and analysis of large data sets – is an increasingly important and exciting research area in the field of science. The volume of data being generated across science is increasing and, in many fields, novel informatics-driven discoveries are coming into their own. Extracting concise information from these large data sets is a particularly important form of data analysis and characterizes one type of innovative research at the center.
Libraries are also changing in response to new technologies. The library of the 21st century is increasingly a digital environment, with the need for high-capacity data storage, sophisticated search and retrieval systems, and remote access from all corners of the world.
The MBL’s Center of Library and Informatics provides a framework that consolidates 12 existing informatics initiatives at the library including: the MBLWHOI Library, Encyclopedia of Life, Data Conservancy, Biology of Aging, Biodiversity Heritage Library, uBio, Global Names Architecture, History and Philosophy of Science, MBL/National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Course, LifeDesks, Enhancing Organism Based Diseases Knowledge, and Woods Hole Data Repository Project.
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Source: Falmouth Bulletin