RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor NNLM NER


Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Tess Grynoch of the NNLM NER.

My name is Tess Grynoch and I have the great pleasure of representing the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM NER) at the RDAP summit this year. In my day job, I am the Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. My colleagues on the 4th floor, who comprise the NNLM NER, organize amazing programming and training for research data management in conjunction with the other NNLM regional offices across the nation.

It seems like every time I check the training calendar https://nnlm.gov/training or receive the weekly newsletter https://news.nnlm.gov/ner/newsletter/ there is something new that’s data-related. The NNLM NER also provides funding for biomedical data management through their Knowledge and Data Management grant https://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/knowledge-data-management and, although the application deadline has passed, it is never too early to start thinking about a data management project that could use a little more monetary support. Even if you are not a health sciences librarian, I would recommend getting in touch with your regional NNLM office to be apprised of free data training in your neck of the woods.
Speaking of training, NNLM’s RD3 website https://nnlm.gov/data is also a great resource for research data management information and resources.

I had such a great experience at my first RDAP summit last year and I am thrilled to be back again to share more ideas about research data management with like-minded colleagues. Congratulations RDAP for organizing your first conference as an independent organization and I look forward to the evolution of RDAP in the years to come.

For more about the NNLM NER

Visit the NNLM NER table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://nnlm.gov/ner to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor Springer Nature


Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, Springer Nature, for making RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message for the RDAP community from Rebecca Grant of Springer Nature.

My name is Rebecca Grant and I’m research data manager at Springer Nature. My background is in the humanities, and I originally trained as an archivist. I’m in the final year of my PhD at the moment, and my research is investigating the connections between archival theory and practice, and research data management.

At Springer Nature, my team is a mix of data curation experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and the editorial staff of the journal Scientific Data. We aim to help researchers to manage and share their data in the best possible way by providing free advice through our research data helpdesk as well as through a number of specialised data services. Additionally we provide research data services for institutions including data curation support, and a training programme to empower researchers to manage and share their data according to best practices.

I’m involved in a number of data-related projects with my team, but one that might be of particular interest to the RDAP community is the roll-out of standard data policies for Springer Nature journals. Since 2016 we’ve been working with journal editors to implement data policies, with the intention of providing different options according to the journal’s discipline. These policies have a direct impact on authors – for some it may be the first time that they have been asked to share their data, or to draft a data availability statement.

Other publishers have also begun to implement similar data policies at their journals, and in February we worked with academic publisher Taylor & Francis to develop two case studies describing our policy projects. The case studies outline some considerations which impact on how these standard policies were developed, implemented and enforced, for example the necessity to create policies which are appropriate for researchers in disciplines where data sharing is not yet common (such as the humanities).

I blog regularly at the Springer Nature’s research data community, where you can find insights on data sharing, get updates on our projects and publications, and hear about relevant events.

Upcoming projects

As well as my background in archives and data management, I’m also a certified Open Data trainer, so it’s been really exciting to work on a data training programme for researchers in the past year. With my colleagues in the data team, we’ve been developing practical workshops to help researchers to understand why data sharing is important (what are the drivers and who are the stakeholders) and how it can be achieved (practical guidance on storing, describing, licensing, depositing and citing data, amongst other topics).

Our next workshop will be very close to home (London, UK) and we’ll be training a group of researchers funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). We aim to equip these researchers with the skills they need to manage, archive and publish their data, supported by CRUK’s policies on data sharing and data management planning.

This year’s RDAP Summit

I attended the Summit for the first time last year, and I’m delighted that I’ll be there again in May.

Our paper is titled “Developing metadata curation processes for data that can’t be shared openly” and will describe a project to create rich metadata records for datasets that are only available through closed access repositories due to their sensitive nature. I’ll be presenting on the panel on Wednesday, May 15th at 10.50am, Repositories and Curation.

I’m looking forward to chatting to other RDAP attendees who are dealing with issues around sensitive data, and also hearing from the other panellists on their approaches to curation.

For more about Springer Nature

Visit the Springer Nature table at the RDAP Summit or go to
https://www.springernature.com/gp to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor Lab Archives


Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, LabArchives, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message from LabArchives for the RDAP community.

Scientists, instructors and students research and learn. We supply a powerful platform that supports and amplifies that research and learning. LabArchives saves users time and money, leads to improved data management and overall outcomes. Everyone wins.

Our dynamic global team has created a do-it-all platform that supports research documentation, compliance and integrity, open access education and a digital approach to scientific learning and research.

We support users throughout their journey from paper lab notebook to digital platform. Our all star Support Team is comprised of past researchers, academics, scientists and instructors. They have successfully made the jump from paper to digital in their own work and have the know how to help others do the same, every step of the way.

For researchers and scientists, LabArchives is a secure and compliant platform that makes thorough documentation easy. LabArchive’s platform functions allow for seamless communication and collaboration in the lab and ensure that no data is lost over time or as researchers come and go. The days of searching for data in stacks of old paper notebooks needle-in-a-haystack style are long gone with LabArchives.

For instructors, students and TAs LabArchives is the only learning platform designed specifically for STEM education. All course content can be rolled out and updated via LabArchives and integrations with learning management systems, like Blackboard, make course management a breeze. Low cost digital OpenStax textbooks are available inside of LabArchives and this powerful combination saves students hundreds on course materials.

Supporting RDAP is important to LabArchives because we believe in providing accessible high quality tools and resources to those doing STEM research and learning. These tools are crucial in empowering these parties to manage data properly thus maximizing their results and learning.

For more about Lab Archives

Visit the Lab Archives table at the RDAP Summit or go to
https://www.labarchives.com/ to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Advocate Level Sponsor Ex Libris


Thank you to our advocate level sponsor, Ex Libris, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know our sponsor with a message from Ex Libris for the RDAP community.

Ex Libris is excited to sponsor RDAP 2019 for a meeting of the minds around research data management. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is deeply committed to education and research, with a mission to empower institutions to create, manage and share knowledge.  We recognize that research is the lifeblood of higher education organizations and are working hard to create a new approach to managing research data.

Our newest product offering, Ex Libris Esploro, encompasses research data and output management, researcher profiles, and publication management, for the benefit of academic staff and graduate researchers. This next generation research repository marries the natural overlap of institutional interests and a desire for greater harmonization between disparate faculties and staff, which the advance of technology can help make possible.

Researchers across the disciplines are creating content which is scattered across systems. Esploro brings all of these research assets together, wherever they are, in a unified system to make them more discoverable, reusable, and accessible. 

Ex Libris Esploro leverages the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library services platform, which serves thousands of higher education academic institutions around the world. By utilizing their current experience and scholarly training with data management, libraries are well positioned to drive the transition to a more holistic approach to research services management, by scaling up support for research activities, and increasing collaboration with the Research Office and researchers themselves. For the library, one of the key benefits of this transition is the ability to strengthen the library’s position at the heart of academic research.

Esploro increases the impact of academic research by maximizing its visibility, efficiency, and compliance with regulations and policies and to help institutions better correlate research output and funding. Its research portal allows anyone to find domain experts, collaborators, and research assets. Esploro also increases the impact of academic research by maximizing its visibility, efficiency, and compliance with regulations and policies and to help institutions better correlate research output and funding.

Seamlessly integrated with existing research workflows, this new paradigm of research data management enables institutions to capture research objects and enrich their metadata, unify and automate research data workflows, track publications, monitor compliance with government and funder requirements, and measure research impact through relevant key performance indicators and the analysis of cross-institutional benchmarks.

Ex Libris Esploro unifies workflows and bridges communication between multiple research stakeholders, including the library, the research office, and researchers themselves. We encourage all who are involved in research data management to talk to your constituent library, and see how Ex Libris Esploro, powered by the Ex Libris Alma Platform, can drive results for your university’s research.

For more about Ex Libris

Visit the Ex Libris table at the RDAP Summit or go to
https://www.exlibrisgroup.com/ to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Partner Level Sponsor Code Ocean

Thank you to our partner level sponsor, Code Ocean, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know Code Ocean with a Q&A.

Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management.

Code Ocean started off and continues to be an open access computational reproducibility platform ideal for authors at the point of publication who have code and data to include alongside their finished research. This has appealed to many research data management groups who support researchers with DMPs, help educate researchers about best practices for curating code and data, and strive to increase awareness of reproducibility inclusive of the tools and resources that exist to help them. Code Ocean brings together leading tools, languages, and environments to give researchers an end-to-end workflow geared towards reproducibility so researchers can focus on the research and allow Code Ocean to handle the technology. This is proving to be a valuable benefit and resource for many RDM personnel.

Who are you and what do you do?

Code Ocean has expanded to power researchers’ work not just at the point of publication but throughout the lifecycle of their projects. Our recent updates have enabled us to become a research collaboration platform. We support researchers in their code and data development and management from the moment they start a project. We enable collaboration with others, handle version control, employ virtual, integrated versions of researchers favorite tools like Jupyter and R Studio, and supply reproducible code and data packages attached to the article at the point of publication. In addition, libraries, research departments, and IT teams who have different needs around code and data curation, preservation, allocating computing resources, or concerns about maintaining IP within the institution can all be addressed with our current functionality.

Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Yes. People from Code Ocean attended last year and it’s by far one of our favorite conferences because of the great discussions and sessions that you generally don’t find at other conferences. We also appreciate the inclusive nature of this event for attendees and sponsors. It’s a very well done and thoughtful experience.

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

This is a difficult one to give a single answer for. Obviously, the sessions are great. This year we are looking forward to seeing old colleagues and friends and making new ones. We have some exciting new things on the platform including git integration for version control, as well as reporting and analysis features that provide insights for managers and administrators. We’re excited to share these with attendees and hear their feedback on our latest updates.

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

Renku seems to be a very exciting project. It’s an open source tool designed to do reproducible data science. It addresses several important issues in reproducibility, and what’s unique about it is that it represents data lineage as a knowledge graph. We can’t wait to see more updates on this project. Our Outreach Science team is looking forward to our co-presentation with the Renku team at SciPy in July 2019.

What else should the RDAP community should know about you and Code Ocean?

The history of Code Ocean plays a huge role in who we are as a company and what drives our product and our work. Our CEO, Simon Adar, spent part of his Ph.D. exploiting airborne and spaceborne multispectral and hyperspectral images for the purpose of environmental monitoring. This meant building on previously published works, but as Simon and his colleagues got deeper into the project, they faced multiple roadblocks, particularly in trying to get other researchers’ code up and running. It took six years for Simon to complete his Ph.D and one full year of that time was spent struggling with previous researchers’ code. He wanted to find a better way to find, reproduce, and execute code and data to help others avoid the problems that plagued his work; that was why Code Ocean was founded. At our core, we want to reduce friction around code and data that is so integral to researchers’ work, contribute to open access research, and help researchers’ implement reproducibility best practices throughout their project.

Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?

We see the positive impact we can have on this community and want to support and assist in every way possible.

For more about Code Ocean

Visit the Code Ocean table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://codeocean.com/ to learn more.