- Data wrangler
A data wrangler is very non-technical term that specifies duties typically handled by a storage administrator for working with large amounts of data. This can occur in areas like major research projects and the making of films with a large amount of complex computer-generated imagery. In research, this involves both data transfer from research instrument to storage grid or storage facility as well as data manipulation for re-analysis via high performance computing instruments or access via cyberinfrastructure-based digital libraries.
This term is often credited as deriving from work done by the United States Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and their program partner the Emory University Libraries based MetaArchive Partnership.
In the scientific research context, the term often refers to a person responsible for gathering and organizing disparate data sets collected by many different investigators, often as part of a field campaign. In this sense, the term could be credited to Donald Cline during the NASA/NOAA Cold Lands Processes Experiment.
On a film or television production utilizing digital cameras that are not tape based, a data wrangler is employed to manage the transfer of data from a camera to a computer and/or hard drive.
"Datawrangler" as part of a registered domain name was in use by August 2000.
- ^ Parsons, MA, MJ Brodzik, and NJ Rutter. 2004. Data management for the cold land processes experiment: improving hydrological science. HYDROL PROCESS. 18:3637-653. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jissue/109856902
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