Text and Non-textual Objects: Seamless access for scientists
Uwe Rosemann (German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Germany)
The European High Level Expert Group on Scientific data has formulated the challenges for a scientific infrastructure to be reached by 2030: “Our vision is a scientific e-infrastructure that supports seamless access, use, re-use, and trust of data. In a sense, the physical and technical infrastructure becomes invisible and the data themselves become the infrastructure – a valuable asset, on which science, technology, the economy and society can advance”.
Here, “data” is not restricted to primary data but also includes all non-textual material (graphs, spectra, videos, 3D-objects etc.).
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) has developed a concept for a national competence center for non-textual materials which is now founded by the German State and by the German Federal Countries. The center has to perform the task: developing solutions and services together with the scientific community to make such data available, citable, sharable and usable, including visual search tools and enhanced content-based retrieval.
With solutions such as DataCite and modular development for extraction, indexing and visual searching of new scientific metadata, TIB will accept the challenge. And will make all data accessible to its users fast, convenient and easy to use.
The paper shows what special tools are developed by TIB in the context of scientific AV-media, 3D-objects and research data.