In late October, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) held an invitation-only workshop (drawing upon and incorporating guidance from the Nov 2017 AAU APLU Public Access Working Group Report) to discuss the roles and responsibilities of institutions in providing public access to research data. Representatives from 30 institutions were selected to attend, including a number of librarians. Representatives from the DOE, NIH, NSF, and DOD were also present. Panels and sessions are listed in the Workshop Agenda.
In this post RDAP Treasurer Amy Koshoffer, who facilitated the association’s response to the Federal Data Strategy request for comment, presents the RDAP response submitted in July of 2018.
The Federal Data Strategy will shape how the government manages, provides access to, and preserves federal data. As information and data professionals, our community is uniquely qualified both to provide guidance on data quality, access, and preservation of federal data and to highlight considerations for a successful long term strategy. In early July 2018, the RDAP Executive Board invited community members to attend two town hall meetings and virtually author an RDAP collective response to the Federal Data Strategy. As RDAP is in its formative stages, the board felt that it was important to respond to the call from the Federal Government under the name of RDAP to reflect the steps we are taking to grow and become an independent association of information and data professionals defined by a common set of values. The process is still ongoing, and we suggest that members consider responding to follow-up calls for feedback on the practices currently proposed. The result of the RDAP community’s efforts so far follows: Continue reading “RDAP’s Response to the Federal Data Strategy – by Amy Koshoffer”
The RDAP Education and Resources team is excited to announce the first in a series of webinars, each of which will allow members of the research data community to present their local approach to a particular topic. The first webinar will be “Where the Data Repo Meets the Road: Data Service Models in Practice“on November 8th, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm (ETD).
The webinar includes librarians from Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, and the Data Curation Network in a panel presentation and discussion of evolving service models that extend local RDM expertise through complementary collaborative, hosted, and third-party services. Continue reading “RDAP Webinar: Where the Data Repo Meets”
RDAP (Research Data Access & Preservation) began as an American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) sponsored summit in Phoenix, Arizona in April of 2010 with a total of 75 initial attendees. That inaugural summit aimed “to bring together leaders in data centers, laboratories, and libraries…to share ideas and techniques for managing, preserving, and sharing large-scale research data repositories with an eye toward achieving infrastructure-independent access and stewardship”.1
The RDAP summit quickly saw a proliferation of topics, especially following the White House OSTP memo of 2013, requiring accessibility to federally funded research. RDAP continued branching out to include data curation, discovery, and citation and altmetrics. In 2014, RDAP offered workshops for the first time in conjunction with the summit, focusing on capacity building and instruction.
In the years since then, RDAP has grown into a thriving, active community of data practitioners who work in many disciplines and types of environments. With the growth of the community, discussions regarding the future of the organization began. In mid-2018, RDAP became the RDAP Association, an independent, not for profit, professional association aimed advancing best practices in research data and providing professional development opportunities to our community.
The RDAP Association brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of disciplines from the health and life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Annually, the RDAP Association will continue to hold Summits for data practitioners to learn about common solutions to issues surrounding research data management, with opportunities to expand professional networks and acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own work and projects. Continue reading “What is the RDAP Association?”
At RDAP all are welcome, and we truly mean it!
In her article “A Newbie at the RDAP Summit, or How I Learned that the RDAP Summit is for Everyone” published in The Journal of eScience Librarianship, Oakland University Research Data Librarian Joanna Thielen shares her experience as a first time, ‘newbie’ from a mid to small size institution attendee at RDAP18. Moving quickly from “initial hesitation” to engaged enthusiasm, Joanna explains the benefits of the summit structure, topics, and the overall inclusive and collegial atmosphere which encourages collaboration and information sharing. She describes RDAP as a serious, yet welcoming conference regardless of who you are, what your position is, or where you come from.
“I encourage any librarian with even an inkling of interest in research data management, access, or preservation to attend.” – Joanna Thielen
She also notes that RDAP is not just for librarians and that the diverse community of “people working in government libraries, cultural heritage institutions, industry, data science, and funding agencies” really makes RDAP an impactful and unique experience for all.
Thanks for sharing your experience Joanna. Indeed we would have to agree with you, that there is something for everyone at RDAP!