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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 


Using Data Profiles to select Digital Asset Management Systems
Lisa Zilinski and Sonia Lorenz

Monday, 6:30pm


Summary

Many grants, including grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) require recipients to utilize data management plans; some grants, like those given by NSF, require recipients to place their data in searchable data repositories.  It is difficult to find one data repository system that meets every researcher's needs. To solve this problem, we utilized Purdue's Data Curation Profile Toolkit to interview researchers at our university and assist in developing data profiles/plans. These profiles provided us with valuable information about the researchers' data needs. We created a matrix of the researchers' data needs and used the matrix to evaluate the credentials of 24 digital asset management systems. We were able to select the digital asset management system that met the needs of researchers. Using this method, any university could select a digital asset management system and be confident that it would meet the needs of the researchers it was intended to serve.