This article describes the development and implementation of e-science and research support services in the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) at the University of Minnesota (UMN). A review of the broader e-science initiatives within the UMN demonstrates the needs and opportunities that the University Libraries face while building knowledge, skills, and capacity to support e-research. These experiences are being used by the University Libraries administration and HSL to apply support for the growing needs of researchers in the health sciences. Several research areas that would benefit from enhanced e-science support are described. Plans to address the growing e-research needs of health sciences researchers are also discussed.
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This publication was supported in part by Grant Number 1UL1RR033183-01 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and by Grant Number 8UL1TR000114-02 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CTSI or the NIH. The University of Minnesota CTSI is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.
Recently, UMN has made investments in research for new infrastructure, collaboration, and data storage, including the Infrastructure Investment Initiative (http://www.research.umn.edu/advance/i3.html#.TzKqc2OXQeA), a program totaling $12M to build research infrastructure funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) in 2011. Research has also been funded to develop geographic information system (GIS) applications, infrastructure, and data archiving services that includes U-Spatial, a project led by the Department of Geography with support from twelve other University of Minnesota collegiate and enterprise-level support units.
Library Involvement with Grants and Collaborations. In 2006, the University Libraries began a pilot project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to focus on developing a virtual community for scholars in the interdisciplinary field of Bioethics. EthicShare is a partnership of the University Libraries, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, the University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and other institutions to allow cross-institutional collaboration between researchers, thus providing a shared database of citation and other bibliographic metadata, along with other information of interest to the ethics community (EthicShare, 2007).
FIGURE 1 University of Minnesota sources of sponsored research awards granted in 2011 by source (Mulcahy, 2011; Total = $769M), including 40% from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 11% from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Abbreviations: Department of Energy (DOE); Department of Defense (DOD); Department of Education (DOEd); Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); and Department of Agriculture (DOA).
- data management
- health informatics
- health sciences
- library administration
- research networking
- research support