Splendor in the grass? Troubled tales of turf grass dissertation data discoverability
A dissertation tells the story of a scholar's entrée into academic life. As the major distinguishing feature of education, the dissertation serves the dual role of making a significant contribution to knowledge and providing training in scholarly techniques. New scholars wish to expose their ideas, but what barriers do dissertators face in dissemination of dissertations and attendant data? And how do libraries integrate available datasets into retrieval services? Are there common schemas to
... mmon schemas to promote linkages across the scholarly communication ecosystem? For this presentation, we revisit the oft-told tale of exploration into the availability and findability of dissertation-related data. To tell our version of this story, we focus on the arcane domain of turfgrass science -- because of its appeal beyond the academy to a large multinational practitioner base--to investigate dissertations across an international sample of research libraries. We examine their presentation of dissertations and, perhaps more importantly, the discoverability and availability of related data files. We then examine and analyze the means by which the data files are attached to the dissertations. Results will inform data literacy praxis and curation protocols, and address concerns around ensuring that these scholars' early stories can be told to future generations.