Research Access and Preservation 2018 Summit (RDAP18) Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, which will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21-23, 2018.

 

To view the program/schedule and register please visit: https://www.asist.org/rdap

This national conference will feature panel presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and a poster session reception. Managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers will gather to explore topics in the following areas:

  • Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics

  • Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution

  • FAIR vs. Friction

  • Intersection of Publishing and Data

  • Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias

  • Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved

 

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker: Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will address the Summit attendees. More information will be forthcoming.

March 23 is our Workshop/Demo day with additional sessions led by data organizations and experts.

This year, RDAP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB). Selected RDAP proposals (posters and presenters) will also be invited to submit their work for publication in JeSLIB. JeSLIB is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes full-length papers, eScience in Action articles, reviews, and video articles. First time RDAP attendees are also encouraged to submit commentaries for publication in JeSLIB. Members of JeSLIB’s editorial board and RDAP’s Proceedings subcommittee will be selecting and inviting presentations and posters for submissions. However any and all attendees and/or presenters are encouraged to submit their scholarly work to the Journal of eScience Librarianship.
(See JeSLIB’s Guidelines for Authors https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html)

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at #RDAP18 and on the RDAP Facebook page.

 

Questions? Please contact RDAP chairs: Amy Neeser (aneeser@berkeley.edu) & Jon Petters (jpetters@vt.edu)

 

Webinar: How Researchers Use Open Source Tools to Facilitate Collaboration

 

January 23, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern

 

Host: Jennifer Freeman Smith

This webinar will explore how researchers use new technologies to manage their workflows, facilitate collaboration, and share aspects of their work. Panelists will present examples of different research teams’ collaborative processes, including how they managed roles, archived study materials, and made sharing determinations. They will also describe how the choice of tools allows them to have insight into the active research process and consult on preservation and discovery. The researchers profiled all use the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io ) as a collaborative research platform to house their diverse project materials, along with other related cloud-based platforms.

 

 Register here

 

Panelists:

Andi Ogier and Dr. Anne Brown of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech will showcase an example of a research lab’s OSF project that provides standard operating procedures, scripts, and collaborative project details as well as training materials for students. This lab trains student-scientists in data collection and management, in addition to giving them the ability to present and organize projects in ways that are accessible to their peers, collaborators, and the general public.

Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University. She’ll be discussing integrating coding workflows with the OSF, and publishing complete research projects (code, data, documentation, manuscript).

Natalie Meyers is an E-Research Librarian at University of Notre Dame’s Center for Digital Scholarship. She’ll present examples from a malaria project on vector disease modeling, a distributed pharmaceutical analysis laboratory project, a high energy physics project, and an IMLS planning grant project.

A Word With Our Sponsor: Purdue University Libraries

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

Purdue: Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), strives to be at the forefront of academic librarianship and help to redefine the role of the academic research library in learning, discovery, and engagement. Libraries faculty and staff are deeply involved in information literacy instruction and instructional design, redefining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, data management, and global outreach. We recognize the breadth and depth of librarians working in areas related to research data and preservation. We see sponsoring RDAP as our way of recognizing and appreciating the work, networking, and collaborations that goes on at the Summit.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

Purdue: Purdue Libraries primarily serves the undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of an R01 research university which is known for its STEM focus (around here we say STEAM, and the A stands for Agriculture). We serve a campus of 30,000 undergrad and 9,500 graduate students from 128 countries, as well as a faculty and staff population of almost 17,000. The Libraries is also an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports/advances best practices for research data?

Purdue: We have a two-pronged, multi-fold approach. We have a Research Data unit, comprised of eight members who provide support for the Purdue University Research Repository; support liaisons who engage disciplinary researchers in data; and provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction to multiple stakeholders, as well as to supplement liaisons. Many of the liaisons also provide consultation, collaboration, and instruction. Best practices for research data management and curation are advanced by working directly with researchers and the labs to integrate standards and skills into workflows and projects. Additionally, collaborations with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), as well as others, are critical to collaborating across campus.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

Purdue: There are several, e.g., moving from static two-page DMPs to active DMPs that implement management into workflows; promoting and implementing (still) standards—from identifiers to citation to discovery metadata; and teaching—general data literacy to undergraduate students and practical and applied data management to graduate students.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit is strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

Purdue: RDAP has a more practical/practitioner focus than some research-oriented conferences, and has an “un-conference” feel to it, designed to encourage and even provoke conversation and work together to solve challenges we all face.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

Purdue: Purdue Libraries faculty and staff have enjoyed working with individuals, groups, and libraries—nationally and internationally—around practices, services, and tools related to data management and curation. We would like to continue partnering and building relationships. We’re all in this together, and in many ways these are still early times.

A Word With Our Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NER/PNR)

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

NNLM: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services. NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that provides data to millions of scientists, health professionals and members of the public around the globe. In today’s increasingly digital world, NLM carries out its mission of enabling biomedical research through:

  • Acquiring, organizing, and preserving the world’s scholarly biomedical literature

  • Funding advanced research in biomedical informatics and data science

  • Supporting training and career development, including pre- and post-doctoral research training in biomedical informatics and data science, and specialized training for librarians

 The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) program is operated by eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) under a cooperative agreement grant with NLM. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The RMLs support more than 6,000 member organizations in the NNLM that connect researchers, health professionals and the public with health information resources and data. Membership in the NNLM is free, and benefits include access to a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers, specialized training opportunities, and funding.

In this era of open science and data driven discovery, new programs and services of the NNLM will support NLM/NIH priorities for biomedical “Big Data”. Two RMLs in the NNLM from the New England Region and the Pacific Northwest Region are sponsoring RDAP in hopes of engaging attendees in future directions of the NLM and gaining insight on how the network can provide data resources to fit regional needs.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

NNLM: The NLM is open to all and has many services and resources. Primary users include librarians, researchers, health professionals, patients, and the general public. The outreach efforts of the NNLM connect these groups with the quality health information resources and services available from NLM.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

NNLM: The NNLM specifically seeks to provide innovative training to data scientists, data sophisticated researchers, data informed clinicians, and data librarians. We understand there is a need for talented workforces to drive high quality research and data production, reuse and interoperability.

To that end, the NNLM is building a community of practice of librarians and other information professionals who have knowledge of Research Data Management (RDM) practices, services and tools that support the management of research data across the lifecycle. Each of the eight RMLs in the NNLM collaborate on strategies to promote research data management, data literacy or data science-related teaching and learning. Some examples include: compiling a LibGuide of data management resources for librarians; developing and launching a data management/data literacy blog series; collaborating on presentations or workshops on data management or data literacy topics for state or regional librarian conferences; and conducting a needs assessment for a web portal built by librarians targeted for researchers (what researchers need to know about RDM and how librarians can fit into those needs and their workflows).

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

NNLM: A few challenges facing data professionals in 2017 include:

  • Defining and discovering high level datasets, and promoting the use of standards to improve information quality.

  • There is a shift from preservation to use for discovery. We can not preserve everything. Therefore preservation strategies must have a clear purpose.

  • Attention to privacy and data integrity issues as there is more and more pressure to combine data sets and use data in real time.

  • Keeping on top of the relationship between researchers and the public in an age of distrust of “fact”.

  • Keeping on top of the extremely rapid pace of change in data that are available, and technologies to harvest and analyze them.

  • Developing collaborative relationships rather than working in silos.

  • Fitting the demands of data curation into researchers’ busy work flow.

  • Finding the motivation to effectively curate and share their data. Very few if any incentives currently exist to motivate researchers to manage and share their data.

  • Realistically estimating the expense, both in time and money, that will be required to manage their data or purchase existing data.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

NNLM: RDAP Summit draws leaders in the field of data management, repository management, and other roles related to researchers and their data. It also draws attendees of all shapes and sizes: small ideas, large ideas; collaborations, solo work; federal, non-federal; repository, no repository. This great community always seems to provide timely presentations and topics, and provide stimulating and engaging conversations.

Compared to other conferences, RDAP provides a smaller venue for experts to come together, and work together to continue expanding data driven programs and services. RDAP captures the essence of ‘team science’.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

NNLM: The NNLM has a unique role in connecting people to resources and expertise by serving as hubs for regional biomedical research and data expertise, linked in one national network. With 6,000 members in the NNLM, the RMLs can build research data management capacity at a local level, with national support and resources of the NLM, to help librarians, researchers and clinicians manage, use, and reuse data.

 

A Word With Our Sponsor: University of Washington Libraries

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

UW Libraries: The University of Washington Libraries is an international leader in imagining, creating, and realizing the promise of the 21st century academic research library. With three campuses, 579 degree options, 306 programs and more than 56,000 students, the University of Washington Libraries aims to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of researchers at all levels. UW receives a tremendous amount of federal research dollars every year ($1.37B in FY16), and is producing a huge amount of research data annually.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

UW Libraries: The UW Libraries serves our Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses and covers all program areas, from social sciences and humanities, to computer science and engineering, forestry and oceanography… and many, many more. We provide services to everyone from the undergraduate level on up to research and teaching faculty.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

UW Libraries: The UW Libraries started a data services program in 2010, and it continues to grow and change as our users needs’ adapt to current research trends. We currently provide tools and services to foster best practices in research data management, we provide education to classes and researchers on those tools and services, and consult on repository use and data archiving and curation. We try to listen to what researchers say they need to have better grant applications, better research reproducibility, and better data sharing, and then work with those researchers to find solutions to their needs.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

UW Libraries: Knowing how to meet researchers where they are, and how to market research data services to a large and decentralized population can be very challenging (and is a common theme at conferences). Attending conferences like RDAP helps research data professionals learn from one another and share their success stories, so we all benefit from each others’ experiences.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit is strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

UW Libraries: [note: this will be our first RDAP, so we don’t know yet! :)]

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

UW Libraries: The University of Washington Libraries has a growing team of people working hard to meet the data needs of its large research population. We’re happy to help support RDAP this year, and look forward to learning and collaborating with other attendees!

Things to Do and See in Seattle

Whether it’s your first trip to Seattle or you’re a recurring visitor, there are always things to do in our (beautiful) region. The conference hotel is conveniently situated in Seattle’s central business district, which means there are many nearby (and seemingly endless) options for food and entertainment.

For many, a trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a stop at Pike Place Market. Less than a mile from the conference hotel, the market provides many quick food options, sit-down restaurants, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish/meats, as well as local crafts. Victor Steinbrueck Park offers stunning views of the water, and you may see a ferry coming in.

Seattle has so many amazing restaurants that it’s difficult to pick only a few. Some standouts include:

  • Steelhead Diner is located in Pike Place Market and specializes in seafood, but has many other delicious options.

  • Lowell’s, in the market, is a another Seattle institution — especially for breakfast. Order at the counter and go up to the third floor for unparalleled views of Elliott Bay. They’ll bring you your food when it’s ready.

  • Serving delicious Taiwanese dumplings and other specialities, check out Din Tai Fung in Pacific Place.

  • Purple Cafe is a wine bar and restaurant that is good for a happy hour or a meal for a larger group.

  • Wild Ginger is a well-known Asian fusion restaurant that, like Purple, can accommodate a larger dine-around.

  • Into oysters? Check out Taylor Shellfish, Elliott’s Oyster House, or (with a cab ride) Walrus & Carpenter.

  • Westlake Center has a rotating selection of food trucks.

  • And for dessert, Gelatiamo is delicious!

If you’re a cocktail person, don’t miss one of Seattle’s fun (and delicious) bars. These are all <1 miles from the hotel, easily accessible with a brisk walk or a quick ride service (taxi, uber, lyft):

If you’d like to take in some of the local sights, make sure to put one of these stops on your list:

If you’re looking for local happenings, check out The Stranger’s list of Things to Do: http://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do. Art, music, food, sports + rec — it’s all there.

If you have a half or full day to explore:

  • So. Many. Wineries. If you’ve got a day (and a ride or a car), take a trip out to Woodinville, and visit a few of the many wineries and distilleries that fill this town 20 miles northeast of Seattle.

A Word With Our Sponsor: Figshare

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

Figshare: Figshare is a platform where researchers can upload, manage and share their research data. We provide a research data management platform that helps universities, publishers, and funders control the storage, preservation and release of digital objects created by their researchers. The platform is currently used by over 50 partners globally including Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Melbourne, Stockholm University, PLOS, Springer Nature, and the Wellcome Trust.

We decided to support RDAP because research data management, access, and preservation are central to our mission. We supported the conference last year and we found it to be extremely useful because the audience is engaged in the space that we work in on a daily basis. It’s good to come and share ideas with like-minded people.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

Figshare: We serve a wide range of communities but our core audience is any researcher or organisation with an interest in publishing research data. Figshare has three core offerings: a free tool that allows researchers to upload and share their research, a publisher offering that serves as infrastructure for non-traditional research outputs (data!), and an institutional offering that extends Figshare.com functionality to scale at the university level to meet far larger research and funder requirements.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

Figshare: Figshare was born out of the frustration of our founder, Mark Hahnel. When he was a researcher, there was no easy way to share and get credit for most of the research he was doing. As a stem cell biologist, his data included videos and some spreadsheet data, but there was no way to include this in published articles at the time.

Our core mission from the start has been to support and advance best practices for research data. Every feature of the platform is built with that in mind. In the early days it was simple things like making sure it was easy for researchers to upload files. We put user experience first and tried to give researchers instant rewards like giving all research outputs a DOI, making it easy to cite public data, and marking up our content so it is easily discoverable across different search engines. More recently, we have provided metrics features like tracking Altmetric.com scores, citation counts, and providing reporting dashboards to give researchers feedback on how and where their data is being used and/or reused.

In 2017, we’ll be continuing to work with the community to develop more advanced features in line with FAIR data principles (see more at: http://www.datafairport.org/), expanding our metadata schemas, creating a white label edition of Figshare, giving our customers greater control over branding, and continued work on integrations with a wide range of platforms to allow for the free flow of data between systems without the need for manual intervention.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

Figshare: Last year we conducted a survey of over 2,000 researchers which culminated in our State of Open Data report, so we have some data on what the challenges will be in 2017.

Education is still one of the biggest issues – researchers don’t know how ‘open’ they have to make their data. 60% of respondents were unsure about the licensing conditions under which they shared their data. As you are probably aware, applying the wrong license to data can inhibit the reuse possibilities for other researchers and put them in conflict with their funder, institutional, or publisher public access policies. We still have a lot of work to do on providing researchers with a basic understanding of what is required of them to make their data open. 25% didn’t know their institution’s requirements and 31% do not know about publisher requirements.

Engagement is also another area of focus for us at Figshare. They say “build it and they will come” – this definitely doesn’t apply to researchers and data repositories. Once we go live at an institution we have a full program of activities aimed at engaging researchers of all career levels and disciplines. This dovetails with the education that is required to provide a wide range of onsite or remote training programs, whether it’s training the administrators or the researchers themselves. We also have a support site with training videos. We provide a wide range of literature, co-branded “getting started” brochures, case studies from a wide-range of disciplines, API documentation, and reports like the State of Open Data.

We are also seeing more research data systems coming into the space which is great, but makes FAIR data principles even more important. Ideally we want to get to a stage where we can collate and query all the openly available relevant datasets regardless of which platform they live on. This places a large amount of importance on platforms having decent APIs.

We’ve been working in this space for many years now and we have seen incredible change in attitude and policy in a short amount of time, but we are still along way off an open data utopia.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit is strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

Figshare: RDAP has two strong advantages over some of the other conferences we attend:

1 – It is platform agnostic, regardless of the system you are using at your institution whether it’s open source, a commercial solution or home built there is a place for you to speak. It’s more focused on tackling the issues that researchers, data librarians and data professionals face on a day to day basis and advancing the space; it’s not just a technology showcase.

2 – Practical advice to apply right now. There are a lot of talks that give advice and examples of things the attendees can take away and do today; a lot of the ideas around engagement don’t require big budget just some creativity. Many at RDAP are the sole research data representative at their institution, so this conference gives everyone a chance to get together and share cool ideas. It gives us all a chance to take a break from the day-to-day and think big picture with other data professionals. We attend other conferences which are future gazing and tackling tomorrow’s problems. While those conferences are also important, we feel RDAP focuses on the current issues.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

Figshare: If you work with Figshare you don’t just get a modern research data management platform, you have a full team of people who will work with you to make sure your project is a success.

Figshare for Institutions allows schools to whitelabel the figshare infrastructure. If anyone would like to learn more we have a workshop afternoon on the Friday of RDAP. It’s free and you can get more practical examples of how Figshare works.

A Word With Our Sponsor: IASSIST

RDAP: Can you provide a short summary of who you are and why your organization decided to support and attend the 2017 summit?

IASSIST: The International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology, better known as IASSIST, is a professional organization for people who work with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences and beyond. IASSIST supports RDAP because we share common goals and believe in supporting networks of data professionals. Our goal is to help bring people together to share stories and make friends in order to improve data services, advance research infrastructures, and exchange best practices.

RDAP: Which communities does your organization primarily serve and/or represent?

IASSIST: IASSIST is for anyone who works with research data, anywhere. We are an international organization and serve people who work in diverse sectors such as academia, government, non-profit, and the private sector in a variety of professional roles including information specialists, librarians, technology professionals, and data archivists. IASSIST has a strong tradition of bringing together experts in social science data and in recent years we have seen our membership expand to include people working with all kinds of data from different disciplinary areas including the health sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. We represent both producers and users of data, specialists who preserve and manage data, providers of support for secondary data users, and methodologists and computing specialists who advance technical methods to manipulate and analyze social data.

RDAP: Can you tell us how your organization supports and advances best practices for research data?

IASSIST: We provide a support network for research data professionals. The IASSIST annual conference provides an opportunity to meet colleagues and share best practices. Our listserv, IASSIST-L, is very active. It gives people a place to share news and keep current, as well as ask questions. IASSIST members are really helpful and willing to share their expertise with one another. We also foster topical interest groups that allow members to engage in sustained discussions about particular issues and create shared resources. Finally, IASSIST operates a peer-reviewed journal, the IASSIST Quarterly which publishes and disseminates literature and provides an outlet for members to contribute to the scholarly conversation.

RDAP: What are some of the new challenges facing research data professionals in 2017?

IASSIST: As data services and data management have become increasingly important, there is a need to collaborate and build bridges between work being done in different disciplinary areas. We all have a lot to learn from each other. The IASSIST 2017 conference theme, “Data in the Middle: The Common Language of Research,” is about making these connections and bringing people together to work on common problems. The hot topic right now is “data rescue,” prompted by the U.S. presidential administration change and we are planning a special Birds-of-a-Feather session at our upcoming conference to discuss these issues. However, data preservation and access has always been an important concern.

RDAP: The RDAP Summit strives to provide a venue for reaching across disciplines and institutions to work on common solutions to issues surrounding research data management. Do you have insights on how RDAP differs or compares to other conferences you’ve attended?

IASSIST: The RDAP Summit is a fabulous venue to bring people together! IASSIST is really excited to sponsor RDAP because we share many of the same goals and people can benefit from multiple opportunities to meet, present, and discuss. IASSIST has an international scope and covers a very broad range of data services communities. There are multiple tracks for people, so you can find your core group or expand your horizons.

RDAP: What is the one thing you want other summit attendees to walk away knowing about your organization?

IASSIST: We welcome all data professionals and provide a year-round support group through our active listserv in addition to our annual conference. If you are looking to get involved and expand your network, IASSIST is a great organization to join!

Submitted by:
Hailey Mooney
IASSIST Membership Chair
Psychology & Sociology Librarian
University of Michigan Library

A Word From Our Sponsor: DLF

The Digital Library Federation, now in its 21st year, strives to be an ever more inclusive community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.

Through programs like our CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation and DLF eResearch Network (currently seeking teams for its 2017 cohort!), scholars and practitioners are exploring the shared characteristics of data across disciplines while seeking to establish best practices for data. Our postdoctoral fellows and eRN cohorts actively participate in and learn from the RDAP community. And we’re especially excited about RDAP this year because DLF is supporting the first annual Endangered Data Week, which is happening at the same time as the RDAP conference!

More about DLF:

DLF is a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members, and all who are invested in the success of libraries, museums, and archives in the digital age. We promote:

  • Open digital library standards, software, interfaces, infrastructure, and best practices
  • Digital stewardship and curation, including research data management and aggregation and preservation services for digital collections
  • Digital humanities and other practices and services that expand access to resources and open new opportunities for research, teaching, and learning
  • Education, professional development, lifelong learning, and the growth of the field
  • Strengthened connections among digital library practitioners and allied or related professions, sectors, and areas of research
  • The social contexts and impact of digital library work
  • Community-driven frameworks for policy advocacy, professional standards, ethics, issues of representation and diversity, labor, inclusion, and other matters of concern to digital library practitioners and the people and publics we serve

Our in-person meetings (including the annual DLF Forum) and our year-round working groups provide opportunities for DLF members to collaborate and get stuff done. Meanwhile, DLF staff and their colleagues at CLIR design and administer supportive programs that meet community needs.

We do this through our support for groups, large and small, who use DLF as a framework — from active interest groups in topics like digital library assessment, pedagogy, and project management; to our hosting of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and all of its programs, our DLF eResearch Network and the Code4Lib list; to our sponsorship and support for an ever-changing array of conferences and events; and our fostering of digital library communities of practice, as among liberal arts colleges and museum libraries in our membership.

We invite the RDAP community to explore DLF’s resources at https://diglib.org/ and consider institutional membership.

RDAP17 Early Bird registration closing soon!

Early Bird registration for the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17), April 19-21, Seattle, WA is closing soon! Be sure to take advantage of the lowest rate RDAP has ever been able to offer (only $190!) by registering by Friday, February 3rd: https://www.asist.org/rdap/registration-faq/

RDAP17 will offer a diverse set of topics and presenters cutting across disciplines, institutions, and roles involved with the major challenges of providing access to and preserving research data. Panels, posters, lightning talks, institutional snapshots, and problem tables will provide greater opportunities for engagement with the community. The full program is available here: https://www.asist.org/rdap/program-2017/

In addition to the regular program, RDAP17 is hosting two incredibly affordable workshops on “A Friendly Introduction to GitHub” ($25) and “Building and Utilizing Rubrics for Assessment of Data Management Plans” (free): https://www.asist.org/rdap/program-2017/#workshops

Don’t forget to register online for a room at the conference hotel, the Renaissance Seattle, by March 28th. We have secured a special discount rate of $189/night, single or double occupancy: http://bit.ly/2jZtgsJ

We hope to see you in Seattle for the best RDAP yet!

Follow all of the RDAP17 news via these channels:

Website – https://www.asist.org/rdap/
Twitter – @RDAPSummit and #RDAP17
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ResearchDataAccessPreservation/
Listserv – http://mail.asis.org/mailman/listinfo/rdap