Meet our Sponsors: Figshare: Alan

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

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Alan Hyndman, marketing director at Figshare.

Today’s interviewee is Alan Hyndman, marketing director at Figshare.

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

Hello, my name is Alan Hyndman, I’m the marketing director at Figshare and have worked here for 6 years. Figshare is an ‘all in one repository’ for papers, data and non-traditional research outputs, working with institutions, publishers, funders and governments all over the world.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Yes, this will be my third year in a row at RDAP and it is definitely my favorite North American conference to attend. RDAP is a chance to bring everyone in the data librarian community together to share stories, initiatives, pain points and innovative solutions.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

I look forward to hearing about the big challenges for 2018 and beyond. This space is moving so fast that we went from talking about open data to FAIR data in a short amount of time, I’m curious to see what the next big thing will be. I’m also looking forward to hearing about the Figshare project at Carnegie Mellon University on the workshop Friday, they are doing very cool stuff.

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

I love data visualization and the potential it has to make research more accessible and exciting. A great example of this is the Oxford University Interactive Data Network, they use Shiny apps to query datasets on Figshare and plot them in a really cool ways. We loved their work so much that we partnered with them to do data visualization of our State of Open Data survey data and have some other collaborations coming up in 2018.

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and Figshare?

People know us for being a data repository but since we started working with institutions 3 years ago they started asking us if they could migrate their paper repository to Figshare as well. We are of the opinion ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, sadly in a lot of cases paper repositories are broken, tired, out of date and not fitting for the modern researcher workflow. Several gap analyses later we have started building out traditional IR functionality to complement our existing data repository platform. A good friend of mine at one of my favorite institutions that we work with said to me “We have a paper repository and a separate data repository, but we can’t think of a good reason why”.

For me it makes most sense to have all research outputs living together in the same place, papers, data, code and all non-traditional research outputs. That’s easier for the researcher depositing, easier for the researcher discovering and means fewer systems for the institution to manage.  At the same time APIs and interoperability are really important to us, when a university is happy with their current setup we are happy to throw and catch data wherever we can.

Meet our Sponsors: Springer Nature: Rebecca

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

Today’s interviewee is Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager for Springer Nature.

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Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager at Springer Nature.

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Rebecca Grant, and I’ve been working as Research Data Manager at Springer Nature since July 2017.

I work in the Open Research Group, and two of the biggest projects I work on are the roll-out of standard research data policies across our journals, and a new service providing hands-on curation assistance to researchers who want to share their data in repositories. I’ll be speaking about both of these projects during the Intersection of Publishing and Data panel on Wednesday 21st.

I’m a qualified archivist and part-time doctoral candidate at University College Dublin, where my research is investigating the connections between archival skills and training and research data management. I also co-chair the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

This will be my first RDAP Summit!

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

The session Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics. I saw Amy Koshoffer speak on this topic at the International Digital Curation Conference 2018, and I think it’s an area that’s both fascinating and important. As an archivist I’ve been trained to create metadata with a focus on context and how records will be interpreted, but we require researchers to describe their own datasets – what is the impact on metadata quality?

If resources and support are channeled into the creation of metadata, we should be able to assess and quantify what constitutes good quality metadata, and why it’s important.

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

I’m a member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and I manage the roll-out of standard data policies at Springer Nature journals, so I’m most excited about a new RDA output that’s currently under community review – the Journal and Publisher Research Data Policy Master Framework.

At Springer Nature we started rolling out our standard data policies in 2016, and since then a number of publishers have produced similar standard policies. The RDA output is the product of an Interest Group which included publishers, researchers and other stakeholders, and aimed to create common standards for developing data policies. The resulting framework facilitates the creation of different policy “levels” which are appropriate for different communities and disciplines.

Involving the community is a key aspect of the RDA’s work and the framework is currently open for review and actively soliciting community feedback.

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and Springer Nature?

The RDAP community may not be aware of the breadth of the work we do to support researchers in sharing their data. As well as providing consistent research data support policies, we also advocate for the use of data availability statements (allowing data to be found and reused), and standardised data citations (ensuring researchers get credit for their published data). We have also published a curated list of recommended data repositories to support data archiving in discipline-specific, community-recognised repositories. To help authors and editors to understand all of this, we also provide a Research Data Helpdesk. Finally, we have recently launched a new service to provide hands-on assistance to researchers who want to publish their research data – I’ll be presenting on this, and our data policies, on Wednesday 21st.

Meet our Sponsors: Elsevier: Jean and Anita

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

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Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Today’s interviewees are Jean Shipman, VP for Global Library Relations and Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations from Elsevier

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

We are with Elsevier, a science publisher and information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve research performance.

Within Elsevier, we play different roles in two units.

Jean: “I am a conduit of information between Elsevier and librarians around the world. As a retired medical library director, I bring over 37 years of library experience to this position, along with my knowledge from serving as the Medical Library Association president from 2006-2007. I have also engaged with researchers, innovators, and faculty who have data management needs.”

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Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Collaborations, Elsevier

Anita: “As VP Research Data Collaborations I work for the Research Data Services group which is involved with developing interoperable data management solutions. These include the open data platform Mendeley Data (data.mendeley.com), the online electronic lab notebook Hivebench (Hivebench.com), and the data search engine DataSearch (datasearch.elsevier.com). I focus on enhancing and enabling open science collaborations between academics, researchers, and communities of practice to Elsevier’s content collections, tools and platforms. I also co-founded the multi-stakeholder organization Force11, and am actively involved in the Research Data Alliance, the AGU FAIR Data group, the National Data Service and the Science Gateways conference.”

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Jean: “This will be my first RDAP Summit.”

Anita: “I attended my first RDAP Summit last year, and was very impressed.”

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

Jean: “Meeting others interested in data management and science.”

Anita: “Of the hundreds of conferences I’ve attended in my career, I have never heard people listen so well to each other. That’s what struck me most about RDAP, and I’m very excited to go back and partake in more listening. I am particularly interested in hearing practical, workfloor experiences of librarians regarding research data management practices. This practice is changing and evolving very rapidly, and at RDAP this evolution comes to the fore.”

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

Jean: “Elsevier has many solutions to address the needs of researchers along the research lifecycle. It is fun to learn how these tools can be applied.”

Anita: “I am thrilled to see how the diversity of contributors to open scholarship and open science is extending organically. Initiatives such as Data Carpentry and Library Carpentry are supporting librarians in joining these development. This is changing how science and scholarship are conducted, communicated, and shared. It is allowing new voices at the table, and new groups to join the discourse.”

Q: What else should the RDAP community know about you and Elsevier?

Jean: “I’m eager to learn of librarians’ needs as they related to research data and researcher partnerships.”

Anita: “We are very committed to serving and improving scholarship, and the data library community is at the forefront. Change is afoot, in many ways, and we believe that we can be a constructive partner in the many new directions data and information science scholars and practitioners are spearheading. We want to hear what we need to do to help make this vision a reality.”

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.